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Livett’s marathon knock enables seconds to move off the bottom

PUBLISHED: 17:03 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

Goresbrook II 114-2 beat Asians II 111 by 8 wkts ANDREW LIVETT S battling 53 saw Goresbrook home as they eased past Asians at Low Hall farm at the weekend. Asians won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat first on a really green and damp surface. Brook

Goresbrook II 114-2 beat

Asians II 111 by 8 wkts

ANDREW LIVETT'S battling 53 saw Goresbrook home as they eased past Asians at Low Hall farm at the weekend.

Asians won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat first on a really green and damp surface.

'Brook, chasing their first win of the campaign, welcomed back skipper James Vincent after a long term injury, and with Nick Martin stepping down after five matches without a win, and concentrating solely on his bowling.

The plan worked a treat as Martin bowled nine straight overs of medium pace, blowing away Asian's top order single handedly, taking 4-18.

Veteran David Whisker 2-16 and Kaynal Messenger, 2-5 supported Martin well as top of the table Asians were skitled out for just 111.

In reply, experienced opener Livett, was asked to anchor the teams innings and he did just that and ably supported by Dagenham school teacher Michael Mitcheson (30) the pair helped 'Brook get off to a fine start putting on 63 for the first wicket.

Jordan Calverly was then cleaned up for a second ball duck, allowing Asians to get right back in the game, but Tommy Puncher joined Livett and the two steered 'Brook home to a very comfortable and resounding victory.

Puncher finished unbeaten on nine, and star of the show Livett managed a superb 53 not out, his innings included just two boundaries, lasting a mammoth 130 minutes, as 'Brook crawled away from the bottom of the table.

Skipper Vincent was delighted both with the result and his return to the side.

"Its great to be back playing again," he smiled. "Nick (Martin) has filled in well but he was keen to get back to concentrating on taking wickets and leaving the organising and decisions to me on the field, and it's worked a treat."

Hawks III 154 beat

Goresbrook III 138 by 16 runs

GORESBROOK thirds threw away a golden chance to register a win as they were narrowly defeated by Hawks at Chingford on Saturday.

Hawks skipper, Val Riley, won the toss and elected to bat and he led by example clubbing 31, receiving staunch support from fellow opener Osman along the way.

The introduction of spinner, Darren Maun set the alarm bells ringing for the hosts as he produced a scintillating spell of 4-31 from nine overs.

Kaz (12), Najeeb (11) and Mahmood (10) flattered briefly, but Godwin Schoolmaster, Chris Wilding, proved a wily seamer, bagging 2-25.

Ian Harris, Keith Friend and his 14-year-old son Matthew each collected a wicket as Hawks were reduced to 154 all out from 39 overs.

After the tea interval, 'Brook got off to a bad start when Ian Harris was back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer. Keith Friend fashioned 24 and John Aresti 12 - the pair posting a useful partnership of 42.

Jo Wilkinson continued the positive momentum with a hard-fought 16, but a three-wicket salvo from Nicholas put the visitors reply in check.

A brace of victims apiece for Arubi and Fuller shifted the balance of power, but a fighting rearguard display from Afzal Hussain who struck two fours and a towering six in an eye-catching knock of 28.

Sadly for 'Brook it was not enough as Hussain ran out of partners as the visitors walked away from the game with nothing to show for their efforts.


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