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Bad habits have banished, says Hornchurch Athletic skipper Samarasekera

16:00 25 July 2014

James Coote in bowling action for Hornchurch Athletic. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

James Coote in bowling action for Hornchurch Athletic. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch Athletic skipper Sam Samarasekera feels the bad habits of last season have been banished as they look to secure back-to-back promotions in the Mid-Essex League.

Samarasekera’s side breezed to promotion last season, but the skipper believes they picked up some bad habits.

And while they are now back on top form in Division Two after last weekend’s nine-wicket win over rivals Rainham, the skipper believes it was those bad habits which have cost them their two defeats this season.

“It’s going okay for us, but we shouldn’t have lost the two games we have,” said Samarasekera.

“Last year was too comfortable for us and we picked up some bad habits.

“Those defeats this season have been because of those habits, but we are playing well now and that’s a good sign at this stage of the season.”

Athletic host Little Waltham tomorrow (Saturday) and Samarasekera hopes to continue the promotion push.

“That was a game we were looking good in as well,” he added.

“The forecast looks good so hopefully we can get a full game in and though we are missing one or two players, hopefully we should be all right.”

Samarasekera was delighted with last weekend’s win over Rainham, with five second-team players filling the breach superbly.

He picked out James Coote for special praise following his fine spell of bowling, taking 2-10 as Rainham were dismissed for 140.

“James was bowling really well,” said Samarasekera.

“A bouncer hit one of their players square on the helmet. That unsettled them a lot.

“But John Thomas (4-30) was also excellent.”

Athletic chased the total down comfortably with Ross Raftery unbeaten on 73, while the skipper himself finished on 54 not out.

“Ross is unstoppable at the moment and from my point of view it was nice to get some runs,” he added.

“We have made a meal of small chases before, but we got it spot on against Rainham and it was nice to have such a convincing win after we lost last time out against them.”

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