1's batting Springs another leak
Springfield ease home by 9 wickets
The 1’s batting woes continued as they were thrashed by title contenders Springfield at the M&B Club, leaving Jordan Calverley's men languishing in 8th place with a visit to 9th placed Rayleigh ahead on Saturday.
Much of the damage was done with the new ball, as the top order struggled after electing to bat on a pitch where some moisture offered help to the seamers early on. Andy Ovel (3-30) and Ben Marrion (10-4-7-1) strangled the home side in the first 20 overs as Craig Irving fell for a duck and Calverley for just 2, both to loose off side strokes. When Kurt Whisker followed for 7 and Danny Gillham Jnr for 10, Brook were reeling at 20-4, but fortunately Shane Barwick (48) and Jordan Harris (33) rebuilt the innings largely against the spin of Matt Chalk (2-34) and Lee Brooks to leave Brook at 110-4 and looking to push on in the late overs. However once both were dismissed after what in the circumstances was an excellent partnership, a succession of Goresbrook batsmen perished trying to hit the ball out of the park, Josh Attwell (3-19) being the main beneficiary, as Brook failed to bat out their 45 overs, being dismissed for a disappointing 128.
With the pitch still offering a bit for the bowler, Goresbrook would have hoped for early wickets, but a frankly awful half our of ill directed new ball bowling interspersed with the odd overthrow gift saw a combination of Jim Symonds (42), Charlie Prudence (49*) and the extras column get Springfield off to a flyer. The result was never remotely in doubt after that and although the spin of Barwick and Calverley tightened things up somewhat, after Symonds fell to Calverley, Chris Frost joined forces with Prudence to see Springfield home in the 27th over.