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Table-topping Goresbook continue with resounding victory over Bow Green

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 July 2011

Michael Rooke shone with the ball for Goresbrook

Michael Rooke shone with the ball for Goresbrook

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Goresbrook 180-9 beat Bow Green 71 by 109 runs

Goresbrook held on to their lead at the top of the Essex County Cricket League Premier Division table with a resounding victory over Bow Green last weekend.

Opening batsman Jordan Calverley proved to be Goresbrook’s key man, as he powered to his maiden Saturday first XI half-century.

Calverley was eventually run out on 56 following a misunderstanding with fellow 18-year-old Afzal Hussain, but Goresbrook had retained enough wickets to launch a late assault on Bow’s bowlers.

With contributions throughout the order, ’Brook batted throughout their allocated 45 overs, on a testing pitch hindered by heavy mid-week rain, to close on 180-9.

In reply, Bow Green’s openers saw off the threat of Israel Ochwo, who was some way short of his best after a three-week injury lay-off.

But from 32 without loss the Bow innings disintegrated in little more than an hour, as left-armer Michael Rooke took four wickets for just eight runs and Kane Messenger chipped in with a further two scalps.

Shaun Ross tore through the tail-end as he claimed 3-7 and when Calverley ran out the last man to conclude proceedings, Bow’s total had only reached 71, sealing his side’s 109-run victory.

With regular captain Kurt Whisker unavailable, stand-in skipper Bryan Atkins said: “Jordan (Calverley) has scored a lot of runs in the Sunday League, so he’s obviously a quality player, but has struggled on Saturdays where the pressure is a bit greater.

“He’s taken any criticism on the chin though and I thought his approach today was great, hopefully this will be a boost to his confidence and he can become a key player for us in the run in.”

Goresbrook are now three points clear of Asian at the top of the table and meet the second-placed side in a potential title-decider in three weeks time.

However, Atkins has urged his team-mates to put that match to the back of their minds and take their season one game at a time, starting with the trip to Cosmopolitan this weekend.

“We need to win our next two games at Cosmopolitan and at home to Fords,” he added.

“Both of those sides need points to guard against relegation, so they will be tough games and if we take our eye off the ball then the game at Asian will be irrelevant.


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