1st XI vs Goresbrook CC, 1st XI

10 June 2024 | Hugh Henry
1st XI vs Goresbrook CC, 1st XI

Goresbrook rolled over in League Cup

Getting out our strongest Sunday side in years, we travelled to Goresbrook to play in the 2nd round of the League Cup. A start was due at 12:00, but due to the fact that the league hadn't appointed any umpires and there were none forthcoming after a series of phone calls, it was left to yours truly to not only score, but to officiate as well. In the hope that any umpires were running late, we waited until 12:00 to perform the coin toss, which was won by Dave Hickey, who had no hesitation in putting Goresbrook in to bat.

The clouds were getting darker and the temperature dropped, so we were hopeful of early wickets. Jack Plom took his first wicket in his third over, giving Will Howard the first of his two catches behind the stumps. Dan Green was the first change bowler and only took two balls to bamboozle the batsman and bowl him out. The best partnership of the innings (49) followed before Tom Arnold took his only wicket, again to Will. Their skipper came and went hitting to mid-wicket where a grateful Jack Newton took a catch in the over leading to the drinks break. After drinks, good bowling and fielding saw a steady procession of batsmen come and go as "Goldenarm" Evan Ackerman took three wickets in a six over spell, Plommie took two and Lezza grabbed another. Goresbrook were skittled out for 126 with more than eight overs of their innings left. A difficult wicket was left to negotiate, but the target was achievable.

Theo Robinson (10) was the first wicket to fall with the score on 21, having hit a couple of straight drives to the boundary. Evan (11) followed shortly after, gloving a legside ball to the keeper. With the score on 37, Will came in and shared a 42 run partnership with Lezza before falling for 19. Lezza got to his 50 in 38 balls (7x4's 1x6) during a 47 run partnership with Jack Newton. With the scores tied, Jack swung across the line looking for a big finish and was bowled for eight. Lezza showed him how it should be done by smacking the ball to his team-mates for six to end the game, and victory was gained a ball into the 22nd over.

At the time of writing, it is not known who our next opponents will be, but we are entering the business end of the competition, with no fear. We may even start as underdogs, but who knows what fate lies ahead?

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