Goresbrook’s 4’s ensured at least one side were celebrating this week after coming out on top in an excellent encounter with South Woodham Ferrers 3's.
After winning the toss, Martin Rooke's side were in a spot of early trouble, as the top order were blown away, including both the in-form skipper and his prolific brother Steve who would no doubt choose the Sinatra classic 'All or Nothing at All' as his T20 walk on music. On this occasion it was the latter, leaving the experienced duo of Keith Maund and Ricci Parnell to dig the side out of trouble.
Fortunately there are few better pairs in the club for tough manual labour, not least because Maund habitually uses his bat like a shovel for the first 5 overs of his innings, and the veteran pairing put together a terrific 6th wicket partnership which rescued the side from 47-5. The diminutive Maund batted through for an unbeaten 60, unveiling his full range of shots on a tricky M&B Annex pitch as Goresbrook set their visitors 151 to win and Parnell didn't suffer in comparison with the long time 4's captain, hitting an outstanding 54 with sufficient shots of Caribbean flourish to be named at Rico Parnell in the Chairman's text updates.
150 is far from an imposing total even on a dry Annex pitch and South Woodham Ferrers gave it a good go, recovering from 70-5 to pass three figures and set Goresbrook nerves jangling. However, a late wicket taking burst from under 15 Billy Parnell, who took 4 for 37 and effected a run out as the game went down to the wire ensured that Goresbrook were able to celebrate in the 33rd over as the visitors were dismissed 15 runs short.