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Rearguard action denies victory bid

PUBLISHED: 17:24 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

Goresbrook 137 lost to Goodmayes & Blytheswood 138-7 by 3 wkts A YOUNG Goresbrook side was narrowly defeated on Sunday, after an eighth-wicket partnership of 77 from Goodmayes saw them to victory. When Brook batted, Jordan Calverley provided the main im

Goresbrook 137 lost to

Goodmayes & Blytheswood 138-7 by 3 wkts

A YOUNG Goresbrook side was narrowly defeated on Sunday, after an eighth-wicket partnership of 77 from Goodmayes saw them to victory.

When 'Brook batted, Jordan Calverley provided the main impetus at the start of the innings, scoring 34 off 40 balls including five boundaries.

His departure meant the introduction of the most senior member of the team, Gamini Kulasena, who consolidated the loss of early wickets and was partnered well by Craig Irving, who scored a quick-fire 46 off of just 27 balls.

However, once he holed out to long-on with the score on 105, still with 18 overs left, the Goresbrook innings fell away.

Chipped

Kulasena eventually chipped straight back to the bowler for 18 as Goresbrook finished on a disappointing 137.

Goresbrook started the second innings well, knowing that defending 137 would not be easy.

Rooke bowled six overs for just 11 runs from one end, while Craig Ivey made the most in-roads in his six overs from the other end, removing five of the top six batsman, as he (5-12) left Goodmayes reeling at 25-5.

The introduction of the two spinners, Toby Maund and Brian Kulasena, ended the short resistance from Warritch (7) and Richards (14) who took the score to 60.

However, this brought together the experienced partnership of Embery and Boparai, who carefully played the two spinners taking minimal risks, but still taking five an over off of Maund's six overs and three an over from Kulasena's seven.

In need of a wicket, 'Brook turned to Bryan Atkins and paceman Shaddai Smith, but, despite coming close on numerous occasions, neither could pick up the vital wicket, and the partnership of 78 saw Goodmayes home with three wickets to spare.

Goresbrook II 180-8 beat

May & Baker 177-7 by 1 wkt

VETERANS Dave Whisker and Andy Livett were the heroes as Goresbrook Sunday seconds sneaked a win at the expense of local rivals May and Baker.

Earlier in the day, Baker's skipper Jay Naik won the toss although initially, Brook's bowlers toiled without rewards as Shaun Ross bowled eight economical overs for no wickets.

At the other end, Kane Mesenger worked hard into the wind and picked up a deserved scalp which curtailed what looked a promising opening partnership.

The introduction of Lawrence Walsh and Whisker saw them pick up a wicket each, but the run-rate began to creep up as M&B looked to set a useful total.

The end of the innings saw some lusty hitting but also some good death bowling as Martin Rooke picked up two late scalps and Andrew Mitcheson one as M&B closed on a challenging 177-7 from 40 overs.

'Brook's reply was hit early with Kurt Whisker perishing to the impressive Younis for a duck.

Kane Messenger (12) and Jeff Williams (10) looked to consolidate before Mitcheson (32) and Walsh (40) put together the best partnership of the match.

With the match slipping away for the home side, skipper Naik reintroduced Younis who almost changed the game single-handedly as he clean bowled Walsh before removing Jo Wilkinson, who hit a lusty 21 and Greg Barwick (0) in successive deliveries.

Colts gurus Rooke (11) and Whisker (14 not out) then began to test the ageing Baker's fielding with some tip and run style batting until Rooke got carried away while backing up and was duly run out.

The demise of Rooke brought skipper Livett to the crease, nursing an injured knee.

Sensible batting was what was needed and some neat shots from Whisker and solid defence from Livett left two runs to win from the last over.

After wafting at the first ball, Livett rocked back to the second and punched a back foot drive past the bowler for four to secure an excellent victory.


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