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Hornchurch U15  v  Goresbrook U15  -  Havering League

Hornchurch U15 v Goresbrook U15 - Havering League

By Terry King
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Hornchurch 85 for 7 lost to Goresbrook 86 for 2 by 8 wickets

This was definitely a case of '..after the Lord Mayor's Show' here as Brook played Hornchurch just 24 hours after they had won their semi-final in the Cox & Kings Cup. The energy wasn't there but the effort still was and a comfortable victory was gained. 'Brook lost yet another toss, and the home side decided to bat first on a good track. Although the home side did not lose a wicket, at the halfway point the score was on just 29. Things picked up in the second half of the 20 overs as 'Brook's fielding was not at its best, but there were good performances with the ball as the ever consistent Bobby Gaymer took 1 for 10 in his 4 overs, spinners Billy Smith and Callum Shepherd both went for 15 in their 4 overs respectively without taking a wicket. However it was fellow spinner Shane Barwick who was the pick of the visitors attack as he took 4 for 11 in 3 overs as Hornchurch managed an average 85 for 7 in their allotted overs.

In reply 'Brook gave 13 year old Charlie Thompson the chance to open with Jack Stead who was looking to return to form before next weeks final and they produced a dogged partnership of 36 in 8 overs until Stead fell for 26. His knock included 2 fours and 2 big sixes. Barwick joined Thompson and they put on 31 until Thompson fell for 15, Stuart Greaves then joined Barwick and they cruised to victory with 3.4 overs to spare. Barwick ended on 31 not out and Greaves 2 not out. It wasn't pretty but it keeps Brook on schedule to retain their league title with one game to go.

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Wed 22, Aug 2012