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Matchplay Finalists 2006

The Final XI

Bryan Atkins (captain) - the pugnatious all-rounder was a fixture in the 1st XI title winning sides of 2011 & 2013 and has captained the club to two ECCL T20 titles. After a spell at Bath University, he is now working in the family business and spent several weekends in the 14/15 off season building the clubs new scorehut.

Sadly left to join Brentwood after the 2015 season, the commute back to his flat on Brentwood high street being easier to negotiate after 10 pints from Brentwood's clubhouse...

Michael Rooke - the lanky opening bat developed from a technically correct opener to a fluent middle order stroke-player. The Rat also developed his promising seam bowling into a genuine 2nd string to his bow, taking the new ball in the 2012 season. After graduating from Queen Mary University of London, Rat missed the 2013 campaign to travel the world, but came back to flourish in last year's T Rippon Div 1 promotion winning side before taking a job in Singapore, which unfortunately makes his absence rather more permanent.

Now turning out for ANZA in Division 2 of the Singapore domestic competition where he can regular be seen disappearing for 67 off 8 overs as talented Asian batsmen, small grounds and lifeless pitches don't offer much for the left arm seamer...

Richard Williamson - the aggressive opening bat and occasional spinner missed a lot of cricket whilst at Central St Martin's College, but after graduating, he is forging a career as a designer whilst not working on Saturdays any more, meaning that he made a welcome comeback to the 2's and subsequently the 1's in 2014

Toby Maund - the off-spinning all-rounder is another staple of the 1st XI (2's occasionally when he's naughty) and is now a qualified plumber working for the council. In addition to improving his spin and loop, Toby has also perfected the art of being paid to be on call whilst never actually going out to any jobs, a key attribute for any Saturday cricketer.

Chris Burke - the stylish keeper is another who nailed down a 1st XI place, being an ever present in the 2011 title side, and although he lost his 1st place at the start of the 2013 campaign, he soon regained it and had his finest batting campaign to date. Currently working in shipping and the reigning Goresbrook Open darts champion, Burkey looks likely to miss the 2016 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Springfield in 2015.

James Hare - a buccaneering middle order batsman, James joined the army at the age of 18 and is still serving in HM Forces. Last turned out for the club when home on leave in 2011.

Kane Messenger - arrived in the 1st XI later than many of his contemporaries, but is now the life and soul (and nose) of the side, bowling at the death, batting in the middle order and fielding like his life depends on it. Currently spearheading May & Baker FC A's charge towards Essex Alliance silverware. For the first hour of games anyway, until being subbed.

Andrew Mitcheson - pace bowler who followed many of his teammates into the 1's and nearly won us the 2009 Lords International league cup final with a stunning 50 down the order. Mitch left the club after a spell in the 2's and after time at Leyton County and Havering-Atte-Bower he's played the last couple of seasons at Enfield CC in the Middlesex County League

Shaddai Smith - a squad player in the u16's, Shaddai added several yards of pace and subsequently terrorised 1st XI's in the ECCL, finishing 2nd leading wicket taker in the Premier Division in 2009, including 7-21 against Grays & Chadwell

After a couple of seasons away from the game Shaddai played more regularly in recent seasons, albeit he is never far away from an injury.

Livash Ramduth - a clever left arm seam bowler, Lee was one of the first of the side to make it into the 1's, however after going to University in Hertfordshire, Lee's availability became more sporadic and he stopped playing cricket after the 2011 season. Now a primary school teacher after completing a PGCE, Lee made a welcome return in 2015 and will skipper the 2's in 2016 as a left arm spinning all-rounder.

Israel Ochwo - the Ugandan born paceman graduated from Warwick University and then qualified as a chartered accountant with the National Audit Office. Currently a management consultant, opening the bowling for the 1st XI and still seriously sharp. The only Goresbrook player to have killed a snake.

Also Pictured:

Craig Ivey - the breakthrough player of 2014, Craig returned in 2012 after a year out and ascended to 2nd XI captain for the 2014 season, in which role he lead the side to the Div 4 championship with a succession of fine individual performances, making his 1's debut along the way

Jordan Calverley - another 1st team regular whose highlight was a superb hundred in the 2012 league cup final win over Barking. Now 6'2 and dabbling in personal training, which is hard to believe from the photo.

Sunil Waghela - stopped playing after he left the u16, whereabouts unknown

Boys of 2006:

Back row (R-L) Shaddai Smith (partially obscured by), Craig Ivey, Michael Rooke, Andrew Mitcheson, Toby Maund, Sunil Waghela, Kane Messenger, Livash Ramduth, Richard Williamson, James Hare, Jordan Calverley.

Front row (R-L) Israel Ochwo, Bryan Atkins, Chris Burke

Where next?

The run to Chelmsford The Background Although the club had been running a Colts section since 1999 and were starting t


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