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Athletic defeat a ‘wake-up call’

13:00 23 May 2014

Sam Samarasekera in batting action for Hornchurch Athletic against Rainham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Sam Samarasekera in batting action for Hornchurch Athletic against Rainham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Samarasekera reflects on derby defeat

Hornchurch Athletic’s long unbeaten run in the Mid-Essex League came to an end as they lost out to local rivals Rainham, and captain Sam Samarasekera believes it was the wake-up call they needed ahead of their match against Little Waltham tomorrow (Saturday).

Athletic remained undefeated throughout last season as they earned promotion to Division Two, but Samarasekera felt the warning signs had been there.

“It’s a bit weird talking about a defeat, but we had showed signs of it last week and we didn’t improve,” he said.

“We were probably a few runs short, but bowled poorly and the fielding was the same. We have had a few close shaves in the past and got over the line, but you learn from defeats and this needs to be a wake-up call. Hopefully it will focus our minds a little bit now.”

On Little Waltham, Samarasekera added: “It’ll be tough and there are a few youngsters coming in, but we are confident we can bounce back. That defeat will act as an eye opener.”

Athletic lost Sam Klein and Addison Davis early on, but Samarasekera and Paul Humphries got them back on track.

Liam Porter also chipped in as they reached 197-7, while Ronnie Jackson finished with three wickets for Rainham.

The visitors were always on top in reply, with Sid Patel unbeaten on 49 as they eased to victory with nine overs to spare.

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