Rainham singing in the rain
1s go the distance in the damp
Rainham were in a strong position in this local derby when heavy rain (heavier than the rain that had been falling most of the afternoon) forced an abandonment at tea as the ground had become unplayable.
On an excellent looking wicket, after winning the toss skipper Jordan Calverley elected to bowl somewhat reluctantly, with the possibility of a disrupted innings due to the adverse weather forecast at the forefront of his mind. However after Kane Messenger took two early wickets, both caught by keeper Chris Burke off short pitched deliveries, at least one of which took a fair amount of helmet on the way through.....Rainham took control.
The Spring Farm Park men consolidated around Ronnie Jackson’s fine 83, with Biran Patel (30) providing good support and then after spinner Billy Smith (2-50) had picked up a couple of wickets and the award for best 70s porn-star lookalike in his new powder blue headband with straggly goatee/tache combo, Jon O’Neill (58 from 37 balls) and Charlie Puncher (27 from 14) made hay at the end of the innings. The 1’s bowling fell apart under the Rainham onslaught, 65 runs coming from the final 5 overs, as Messenger (3-75) saw his figures somewhat ruined and Shane Barwick (0-41) unusually went wicketless.
A total of 277-6 takes some chasing at M&B, although it's rarely attempted with the opposition bowling with a bar of soap, however the rain ensured that there was no winner. Rainham will take plenty of positives from their performance into next week’s home game against Springfield whilst Calverley's men will have to improve significantly at in-form Canvey to pick up their first win of the campaign.
Action photos and some atmospheric shots of men looking miserable in the rain can be found here https://tgsphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Goresbrook-CC-vs-Rainham-CC-12-05-18/G0000t2BChcW400A/C0000Um1whlg7yOw
Skipper Calverley was uncontactable as his focus immediately switched to celebrating M&B Reserves Essex Olympian League Division Two title and the final football game of the season, the Olympian League Reserve Team Cup Final on Monday evening, however Brook veteran Kurt Whisker did speak to the website and he was philosophical, whilst clearly disappointed (mostly that he didn't get a bat),
“I don’t think anybody really enjoyed themselves out there, with the exception of the Rainham batsmen. It rained on and off all afternoon and our bowlers were struggling to grip the ball once everywhere got soaked. Fair play to Rainham though, they played very well and took us apart a bit with wickets in hand at the end. I'm sure they'll be competitive in this league. We need to forget about this now though and just focus on getting our season started with a win at Canvey next week.”