Whisker is so close to trimming back Hawks

PUBLISHED: 12:06 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 August 2010

ON THE UP . . . Goresbrook skipper Kurt Whisker almost led his side to victory.

ON THE UP . . . Goresbrook skipper Kurt Whisker almost led his side to victory.

Hawks 203-9 beat Goresbrook 193-8 by 10 runs GORESBROOK S Premier Division debut ended in a nail-biting 10 run defeat to perennial challengers Hawks as a furious late run chase fell short after a disastrous start to Brook s innings. In an evenly matche

Hawks 203-9 beat Goresbrook 193-8 by 10 runs

GORESBROOK'S Premier Division debut ended in a nail-biting 10 run defeat to perennial challengers Hawks as a furious late run chase fell short after a disastrous start to Brook's innings.

In an evenly matched game, the crucial periods were the first 10 overs of the Goresbrook innings, when the hosts slumped to 12-3, and the middle 10 overs of the Hawks innings where the visitors scored at their most rapid run rate with a good partnership between Hawks skipper Hubert Ryan (39) and Petrus William (42) followed by William and the classy Trevor Semper (50).

The Goresbrook bowling held up under the onslaught, however, and young opening bowlers Lee Ramduth and Andrew Mitcheson bowled tidily with Richard Williams the pick of the seamers with a typically miserly spell of 1-21 off his nine overs.

The spin bowlers had contrasting fortunes however, as Lawrence Walsh's slow leg breaks weren't really suited to the slow pitch and the veteran struggled to maintain a consistent length after some early punishment.

In contrast, Toby Maund's fizzing off breaks were ideal on the surface, and Maund bowled the last seven overs from one end, picking up 4-27 in an excellent display that restricted Hawks to 203, when a total in the region of 230 looked more likely at the 30-over mark.

For Hawks, skipper Ryan was just starting to get going when he picked out Mitcheson on the midwicket boundary off the bowling of Walsh, but Montserrat all-rounder Semper never looked in any trouble until he chipped a Mitcheson slower ball to Brian Kulasena at mid-wicket, as the late onslaught started.

In reply, Goresbrook's batting struggled early on as Michael Rooke chipped a catch to mid-off, before Toby Maund was adjudged caught behind for a duck, as Brian Kulasena followed first ball comprehensively bowled by Semper.

However, in-form skipper Kurt Whisker (56) and the evergreen Walsh (39) rescued the innings with a patient partnership. After Walsh's dismissal by young spinner Anton, keeper Adam Ivey brought some real momentum to the innings with an aggressive 32 that featured a couple of enormous sixes.

With Whisker also cutting loose by this stage, it was very much game on, but Whisker was run out returning for an ambitious second run and Ivey was stumped dancing down the pitch to Anton to give the visitors in the ascendancy once again.

Fortunately for Goresbrook, Mitcheson had other ideas and he struck an impressive unbeaten 27 to take the game down to the wire. A run rate of 10 an over for the final five overs proved just too tough for the hosts though, as Tony Jeffrey bowled a superb penultimate over to hand Hawks the victory.

Goresbrook will be far from disheartened by their performance however, as a side still featuring seven under-18 players competed well against a team expected to be near the top of the table at the end of the season. Goresbrook travel to Grays and Chadwell next week looking to pick up a first Premier League victory.

Bishop Challoner 239-8 beat Goresbrook IIIs 109 all out by 120 runs

AN INEXPERIENCED Goresbrook thirds were dealt a hammering by Bishop Challoner on Saturday in their opening Lords International Essex Cricket League clash.

The lack of availability of many senior players meant that with skipper Paul McGuire captaining such an young side, he had no option but to field first when he won the toss.

The innings got off to a good start for the fielding team as the prolific James Sullivan was caught off the very first ball from the bowling of 15-year-old Mitchell Din.

Despite the excellent start, the Goresbrook bowlers were given a torrid time as Brent Roberts and James Taylor struck the ball to all parts.

By the time Taylor was finally bowled for 45 and Roberts was dismissed after a sparkling 125, the damage was done.

McCarthy (18) and Shail (10no) kept the pressure on the bowlers as Challoner stormed to a formidable 239-8 in their 45 overs. Din was the pick of the bowlers claiming 4-36 in what was a fine performance from the hot prospect.

In reply, chasing such a large total was always going to be tough, especially as Challoner boast aguably the best bowling attack in the division.

This was how it proved with only veteran Chris Wilding (31) and in-form 16-year-old Craig Ivey (35) showing any resistance.

Goresbrook limped along and finally succumbed to 109 all out in 38.5 overs leaving the hosts winners by a crushing 130 runs.

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