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Ochwo’s haul in vain for Goresbrook seconds

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2017

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Pace bowler takes four wickets on return from injury

Despite 4-41 from Israel Ochwo on his return from injury, Goresbrook seconds were outclassed in a five-wicket loss to table-topping Great Waltham.

Batting first, Brook were skittled for 128, a total which would have been a lot less had it not been for dropped catches.

Joe Curley (41) top scored for the hosts, but he was only supported by the efforts of Stuart Greaves (32) in a below-par batting display.

Ochwo led the way in reply and a fine second spell saw him clean bowl all four of his victims to give Brook a chance.

However, the rest of the bowling line-up lacked much threat as Great Waltham ground out the required runs with five wickets to spare, and the defeat leaves Brook bottom of the Mid-Essex League Division Two table.

Meanwhile, a fine all-round display from Goresbrook thirds saw them cruise to a 141-run success at Old Southendians & Southchurch at Shoebury Park.

On a green track, veteran duo Keith Friend (66) and Andy Livett (42) put on a 115-run partnership to lift Brook to 180-6 at the end of their allotted overs.

That tally proved far too many for the hosts as Daryl Forward (3-16) and Dan O’Sullivan (3-11) ripped through the top order, before Joe Barwick and skipper Danny Gillham mopped up the tail to skittle them for 39.

Martin Rooke’s fourths fell to their first defeat of the season, after being set 214 for victory, with Ricci Parnell (3-34) the most penetrating bowler.

Owen Elsom’s unbeaten 24 in reply was the only real resistance against a strong bowling attack as Goresbrook finished their 40 overs on 107-9.

A middle-order collapse saw Goresbrook’s Sunday League side slip to an 18-run loss to Belhus.

Three run outs and Craig Ivey (2-33) saw Belhus end their allotted overs on 199-7 – a total Brook were happy to chase.

They were 100-1 at one stage in the reply following the efforts of Danny Gillham junior (37) and Shane Barwick (58), but there was little support from the middle order as they fell 18 runs short of Belhus’ total.


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