1s suffer from Island fever
Calverley's men to regroup after defeat on Canvey
Canvey Island continued their dream start to the Mid-Essex Premier Division season as they brushed aside the 1's at Smallgains Park to make it 3 wins from 3. On the other side of the equation, the 1's are lacking in confidence, runs and most critically, points, after two defeats, two batting collapses and the concession of 277 to newly promoted Rainham.
The hosts skipper Laurence Shearcroft had no hesitation in electing to bat after winning the toss and he added 79 for the first wicket with Ross Casson (31). Shearcroft eventually perished for 46, one of four wickets for Shaun Ross (4-31), but from 116-6, Jack Sanders and Ronnie McClughen batted sensibly through until tea, to take the Islanders to 163.
On a pitch that was getting increasingly slow and low, the Goresbrook batsmen continued their struggles in this campaign against some excellent bowling and a fielding side that cranked up the pressure and the noise with each successive wicket. Only skipper Jordan Calverley (21) passed 20 as Dan Lee impressed with 3-16 and the Casson family shared 6 wickets, Ross completing another fine all round performance with 4-30 as the 1's fought hard, but were incapable of scoring at the required rate.
The result leaves the 1's second from bottom after two defeats and a rained-off game, with only Brookweald, who have been docked 40 points for (non) compliance reasons below them in the table. Brookweald are the visitors to the M&B Club on Saturday and captain Calverley is not pressing the panic button yet,
"It's obviously been a poor start, but we didn't become a bad side overnight. I have to congratulate Canvey on bowling very well on Saturday and when you combine that with a difficult pitch and a lot of batsmen being out of form, then you can see why we're struggling.
We can only focus on the future though, I thought our bowling and fielding was pretty good on Saturday and now we've got two games at home where we know the conditions and it's usually a good pitch to bat on. Hopefully we can start the ball rolling with a win on Saturday."