Whisker: That was our best performance
PUBLISHED: 10:30 18 June 2015
Goresbrook skipper believes Bentley triumph was their greatest this year
Goresbrook captain Kurt Whisker believes the team may have turned in their greatest display thus far after beating Bentley by 106 runs.
Whisker had hailed the match as a “must-win” if the team were to challenge for honours in the Mid-Essex League Premier Division this season.
And thanks to the return of the devastatingly good Israel Ochwo, Goresbrook were able to achieve exactly that and reignite their title push, much to the delight of Whisker.
“I felt that was our best performance of the season, we fought hard against a good attack on a pitch that had a bit for the bowlers,” he said.
“Then we had great energy and aggression in the field and never really let them into the match.”
After choosing to bat, Goresbrook made a good start, with Whisker hitting 69 as the team advanced to 124-3 from 28 overs.
Jordan Calverley smacked 64 from just 38 balls to secure maximum batting points as the hosts looked like they were on course to set a big total.
But lower-order batsmen fell cheaply, failing to capitalise on the platform that had been built, with the team bowled out for 225.
Having missed last week’s match, Ochwo was at his brilliant best as he removed the first three batsmen to leave Bentley reeling on 15-3.
If Ochwo was having a good time at picking the batsmen off, then Shane Barwick was having as much fun frustrating them, eventually finishing with a very economical 2-25.
Ochwo then returned to the attack to pick up the final three wickets, finishing with 6-20.
But despite seeing Goresbrook demolish perenial title challengers Bentley, Whisker still believes there is room for improvement.
He added: “If I was nit-picking I’d like a bit more from our middle-order batsmen, as we had a platform to go on to 250 rather than 225.
“We also have to make sure that we’re not just turning up expecting Israel to blow through sides.
“But really we should celebrate beating a good side like Bentley and then make sure we go into the next game with the same mind-set.”
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