Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Record-breaking Saturday for Goresbrook bowler Israel Ochwo
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 August 2017
Shane Barwick also has an afternoon to remember with a stunning 154 not out against Rayleigh after opening the batting
Goresbrook first-team captain Jordan Calverley is keen to end the season on a high despite seeing his side’s chances of winning the Mid-Essex League Premier Division title extinguished even after a fine 188-run win over Rayleigh.
It was a record-breaking Saturday for the team with Shane Barwick producing a stunning showing, as he carried his bat to end on a superb 154 not out with Brook making 290-4 from their allotted overs.
Israel Ochwo then starred with the ball as he bowled superbly to end with club-best figures of 9-24.
In the process, it surpassed Paul Atkins’ previous record of 9-26 set almost exactly 15 years ago.
The victory wasn’t enough to keep up Brook’s title hopes though, as both first and second-placed Bentley and Springfield won to set up a winner- takes-all final match this weekend, with second spot the best Goresbrook can hope for now.
And despite that disappointment, Calverley wants to see his team end the campaign on a high, away to Brookweald on Saturday.
He said: “We spoke about making sure our season didn’t tail off after the defeat at Springfield last week and Shane and ‘Izzy’ made sure that didn’t happen.
“Shane’s knock was superb, he dominated the bowling and scored at a great rate, which allowed the other batsmen to just knock it about.
“Then ‘Izzy’ bowled as well as he’s done for a number of years and was too much for the Rayleigh batsmen.
“He’s taken eight before, but to break the club record was fantastic and a great end to a difficult season for him, where he’s been struggling with an ankle injury.
“If we can win again at Brookweald, we’ll have improved our points total by about 75 from last season and closed the gap with Bentley and Springfield to a handful of points.
“With virtually the entire side in their early or mid-twenties, we have plenty of scope to improve again next season, so things are looking bright for us.”
Chris Burke (51) and Calverley (42) played their part on Saturday with the bat to back up Barwick’s efforts and help the team reach 290-4.
Ochwo stole the show after with his nine-wicket haul to dismiss Rayleigh for just 102 with seven of his scalps clean bowled.
It wasn’t a day to remember for Goresbrook’s second-team as they were consigned to relegation to Division Three following their seven-wicket defeat to Bentley seconds last weekend.
Brook were all out for 56 and despite putting up a spirited effort, Bentley knocked off the runs for the loss of just three wickets.
The thirds battled to 109 in 44 overs at Boreham with Keith Maund hitting a fine 51, but it wasn’t enough to help them earn success.
Boreham were able to surpass that score for the loss of three wickets, a result that leaves Brook still with some work to do to steer clear of the relegation places.
The fourths narrowly lost out by one wicket against Eastwood in a thrilling encounter.
Dave Leadbetter’s 57 was the basis for the Brook score of 136-9 from their 40 overs, which looked like a winning total with the visitors 45-5 in reply.
But an unbeaten 30 from Graham Booker eventually saw them home.
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