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Rain washes away hopes of a victory

PUBLISHED: 17:23 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 August 2010

IN THE WICKETS . . . Goresbrook cele-brate a scalp on Saturday, but rain was the eventual winner.                PIC: Jag Singh Ghatora.

IN THE WICKETS . . . Goresbrook cele-brate a scalp on Saturday, but rain was the eventual winner. PIC: Jag Singh Ghatora.

LORDS PREMIER DIVISION Goresbrook drew with Leyton County 114-6 GORESBROOK S attempt to inflict a first defeat of the season on Leyton County was thwarted by the weather on Saturday, as with the game finely poised, the umpires deemed correctly that condit

LORDS PREMIER DIVISION

Goresbrook drew with Leyton County 114-6

GORESBROOK'S attempt to inflict a first defeat of the season on Leyton County was thwarted by the weather on Saturday, as with the game finely poised, the umpires deemed correctly that conditions underfoot had become too dangerous to continue and the match was abandoned.

Goresbrook skipper Kurt Whisker won the toss and elected to field, the logical choice on a day when rain was forecasted.

As the sides took to the field, a light drizzle started and the rain continued to fall for much of the next two hours.

Utilise

With the pitch damp and well grassed, Goresbrook's seamers needed to utilise the new ball to good effect, and Richard Williams obliged with a wicket in his first over as Andy Walcott could only glove a short ball to returning keeper Peter Ivory.

Dorian Thorne then took the attack to the Goresbrook bowlers with some sumptuous shots before he played one aggressive stroke too many and dragged an Andrew Mitcheson delivery back on to his stumps.

Mitcheson struggled somewhat in the slippery conditions, but the experienced and much taller Williams hit a good rhythm and proved difficult to play as the ball seamed around.

He worked young opener Jamal Francis over before producing a ball that nipped back to take leg stump and completed a typically accurate spell of 9-3-20-2.

After Williams' departure, Leyton County rallied briefly, however the introduction of veteran medium pacer Dave Whisker produced immediate dividends as he had Patel well caught by Michael Rooke, and when a sharp piece of fielding from Mitcheson accounted for Sharma to be run out, Goresbrook were on top at 84-5.

Shaddai Smith then made the score 84-6 by bowling new batsman Harrad to leave County reeling, but a sensible partnership between veterans Pierre and Laudat saw Leyton to 114-6, before the persistent rain rendered the pitch unsuitable for further action.

Dave Whisker's figures of 1-23 from six overs were a suitable reward for a rare first team call up, and his return could have been even better but for a couple of reprieves for Pierre as sharp chances went down at mid-wicket and cover.

'Brook skipper Kurt Whisker was philosophical about the situation.

"It was pretty clear after an hour of rain that we weren't going to get a game in, as the run-ups and crease area were becoming a mud bath," he said.

"Both teams showed the right attitude in trying to play for as long as possible, but the umpires were spot on with their decision.

"We were in a decent position without having bowled that well, but the last 15 overs were a bit of a lottery as the conditions were deteriorating fast."

Goresbrook continue with a pair of local derbies next weekend. On Saturday they visit Barking for a league fixture and on Bank Holiday Monday make the short trip across to neighbours May and Baker for an eagerly anticipated Cup quarter final.


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