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PUBLISHED: 17:53 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 August 2010

Goresbrook 142-4 beat Rainham II 141 by 6 wkts Goresbrook thirds continued their good start to the season with a comfortable six-wicket victory against Rainham seconds. Goresbrook skipper, Simon Walker, won the toss and elected to field first, hoping tha

Goresbrook 142-4 beat

Rainham II 141 by 6 wkts

Goresbrook thirds continued their good start to the season with a comfortable six-wicket victory against Rainham seconds.

Goresbrook skipper, Simon Walker, won the toss and elected to field first, hoping that the bowling line-up could make early inroads.

His faith in his bowlers began to pay dividends as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Youngsters Matthew Friend (3-18) and Shaun Ross (2-7) bowled with pace and control as good support came from Jordan Harris (1-15) and Chris Wilding (2-4).

Sims (27) and Elliot (21) were the only batsmen to make it into double figures as the Rainham innings closed on 141 all out in 44.1 overs.

Goresbrook made a slow but steady start as in-form Harris kept a tight defence in the face of of some hostile bowling.

His departure for a well-made 52 brought John Aresti to the crease his 24 and a fine knock of 27 not out from skipper Walker, meant Goresbrook cruised to the winning total of 142 for the loss of only four wickets in 36.2 overs.

Goresbrook IV 148-9 lost to

Stock III 149-6 by 4 wkts

GORESBROOK'S fourth string started their 2009 campaign with a battling defeat against Stock thirds at Admiral's Park on Saturday.

Going into the match as underdogs, 'Brook captain Keith Maund elected to bat when winning the toss.

Maund was soon rueing his decision as openers Dave Leadbetter and Conor Elliot were back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer.

Wicketkeeper Billy Chapman played a mature innings, finding the rope four times, in a patient 27, but wickets continued to fall at the other end.

Despite Ryan Honey's hard-hitting 16 which included a six and two fours, the Dagenham outfit slumped to 72-8.

Paul Winsley then came to the visitor's rescue making a chanceless half century on his seasonal debut.

Digging in with Joe Barwick (5), the pair ground out a dogged ninth wicket stand of 41 before Barwick departed.

Daryl Forward entered the fray and continued the excellent resistance with a fine unbeaten 12, sharing in an unbroken last wicket partnership of 35 with Winsley, whose late flourish of 12 boundaries in a defiant unbeaten 58 was the highlight of the day's proceedings.

After tea it was the turn of the visiting attack to turn the screw.

Daryl Forward completed an excellent all-round display by grabbing 2-22 with the ball.

Fellow opening bowler Michael Granger also caused problems for the hosts with a two wicket salvo at a cost of 42 as Hodges, Taylor and Davidson could muster only two runs between them.

Curt Trower, dropped anchor for Stock as he was tested by Barwick, who returned 1-9 from four economical overs and leg-spinner, Jamie Sutton, who recorded 1-32 from seven.

Paul Winsley was unlucky not to claim a victim in five accurate overs which yielded just 10 runs.

Trower eventually finished unbeaten on 48 and with Mat Mayhook (33 not) in tandem, saw the home side over the line with four wickets and five overs to spare.


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