Goresbrook U11's competed extremely well in this Hayden Davies Cup tie against the Robert Rollins coached Frenford at May and Baker on Sunday.
Fielding first the youngsters lacked the penetration to put the visitors, who included three county representative in their number, under pressure and only had a couple of spilled chances to show for their efforts. Their only success was a run out effected by Tommy Smith and Freddie Atkins but there were maidens for Stanley Sleight and Freddie Atkins. However the blustery conditions did not help the bowlers and 20 wides were bowled which greatly enhanced Frenfords final score of 117-1.
Goresbrooks hopes of mounting a successful challenge was placed firmly on the shoulders of the elder statesmen in the side and they did not disappoint: Stanley Sleight hit 17 in an opening stand of 43 with Tommy Smith, including a 5 and then Smith combined well with Freddie Atkins, this pair adding a further 43 runs featuring boundaries from both boys. However Smiths enforced retirement on 25 changed the game as did the dismissal of Atkins for 20 to a fine running catch at point as this brought new batsmen to the crease who had no time to play themselves in and keep up with the run a ball requirement.
A flurry of late wickets fell as Brook ended their chase 10 runs short on 107 -5.
However this was an extremely competitive performance against a very strong side and coach Dave Whisker was delighted with the youngsters effort and application.
Next up is a trip to Loughton on Friday evening.