Rusty Goresbrook go down in opener

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 May 2015

The new cricket season is underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The new cricket season is underway (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Understrength side lose on Premier Division bow

Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker felt his side looked “a bit rusty” in their Mid-Essex League Premier Division opener against Thurrock.

Brook fell to a six-wicket loss at May & Baker, after being put into bat and making 188-7 from their 45 overs.

But without six regular members of their promotion-winning side, they could not defend the total and the visitors got home with three overs to spare.

Whisker said: “I felt 188 was a reasonable score, albeit we would have liked another 20 or so, however if we were going to defend that score with the attack we had, we needed to be right at our best.

“Although I can’t fault our effort, we looked a bit rusty. The fielding was definitely a notch down from our usual standards and although we were a bit unlucky with the number of balls that went in the air, but dropped short of fielders, we never really looked like taking enough wickets to put them under pressure and they fully deserved to win.”

Wickets fell at regular intervals during the Brook innings, but Toby Maund (46) and Richard Williamson (41) combined in a notable stand.

Thurrock captain Danny Laird took advantage of being dropped early on to hit an unbeaten 49 in reply, with Ross Fullbrook adding a quickfire 35 not out to help them to their target.

Bryan Atkins (3-40) was the pick of Goresbrook’s attack and they hope to welcome back several players for the trip to Burnham on Saturday.

There was better news for the second strinng, who beat Purleigh by 52 runs in Division Three.

Veteran Andy Livett (58) got Brook off to a strong start and 16-year-oold Charlie Thompson added a patient 55.

Stuart Greaves, 18, hit a powerful 54 to lift the total to 207-6 and Qaiser Mumtaz shone with the ball during Purleigh’s reply.

Mumtaz ran through the top order to finish with 5-23 and stand-in skipper Joe Curley claimed a vital scalp late on to help seal victory.

The thirds dismissed Burnham seconds for 125 and, after losing their first two wickets with only seven runs on the board, went on to triumph.

And the fourths beat Thurrock thirds by 29 runs, after scoring 181 batting first.

A youthful Brook beat Benfleet by six wickets in their Sunday League opener.

Shaun Ross (3-20) took the bowling honours as a good fielding display held the hosts to 203-6.

Thompson (36) shared 62 for the second wicket with Maund, who took the score to 158-2 with Jordan Calverly before both fell.

And captain Jordan Harris (29 not out) steered the side home in the penultimate over with support from 15-year-old Lee Jones.

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