Goresbrook u9’s were invited to bat on an overcast morning at the May & Baker Sports Ground on Sunday morning. Brook’s first pair of Nathan Dowridge (5) and Ted Ivory (11*) started brightly with both batsmen hitting boundaries in their knocks. Matthew Elsom (5*) and Paranpreet (9*) also hit the ropes in a partnership of 20. The youngest paring of Albert Sleight (2*) and Archie Dias (0*) admirably added a partnership of 10. Tyler Fredericks (1) and Tommy Smith (12) hit two boundaries while adding 13 and brothers George(13) and Stanley Sleight (0) added another 20 before last man Albie Smith (0*) saw out the final two overs to leave the youngsters with a total of 260 for 7 from their 22 overs. Five of the home batsmen kept their wickets intact. Training on the previous Thursday had focused on calling and all the boys heeded this advice extremely well.
The visiting batsmen started confidently adding 13 from the first two overs bowled by Ted Ivory and Paranpreet. Ivory then bowled both openers in consecutive balls and slowed the scoring rate right down. Ivory finished with figures of 2 for 4 and Paranpreet 0 for 12. Nathan Dowridge (0 for 6) and Tommy Smith (0 for 9) both kept the bowling tight. Albert Sleight (1 for 8) induced a batsman to hit his wicket but the plaudits must go to 6 year old Archie Dias who returned (1 for 1) from his two overs, including a wicket maiden.
The vistors next pair were right up against it when they lost two wickets in the first two balls; the first running himself out and the second held cleanly behind by Tommy off his brother Albie, who finished with 1 for 7. Tyler Fredericks tight spell (0 for 11) yielded only singles and two run outs that left the last three batsmen needing 40 to win from the final six overs. George Sleight impressed with the ball, just as he had with the bat, taking 1 for 6. His partner Matthew Elsom recovered from conceding 11 from his opening over to finish with 0 for 15. Stanley Sleight bowled at the death and conceded only singles in his 0 for 10 figures. Gidea Park & Romford finished their innings on 239 for 10 leaving Gorebrook winners by 21 runs.
Both coaches and parents were suitably proud at this impressive result where all facets of the game were ably displayed by every member of the team. We all look keenly forward to Thursday evenings game against Upminster for more of the same.