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Havering-atte-Bower eye perfect 10 ahead of crunch Mid-Essex League Division Three battle with Chadwell Heath!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 August 2016

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Fifties from Jack Hurley and Luke Dyerson put Broxhill Road club on pathway to victory before latter picked up three wickets as did Jack Sainty

Havering-atte-Bower will entertain Mid-Essex League Division Three promotion rivals Chadwell Heath tomorrow (Saturday) looking to register a 10th consecutive win.

The Broxhill Road club have been in sensational form since the start of June and it has taken them to the top of the table.

James Walker’s side currently have 302 points to their name, 10 ahead of Eastwood in second, while Heath are close behind on 291.

It should prove to be a tense end to the campaign with only three more games remaining, but a victory this weekend would put Havering on the cusp of promotion.

They retained their position as leaders on Saturday with an excellent victory at Great Baddow seconds despite missing key players.

Ryan Hurley continued as stand-in skipper and decided to bat first after winning the toss, only to fall cheaply alongside Pete Edge.

But there was no panicking from Havering as Jack Hurley (58) and James Edge (31) joined forces to put them back on track.

Jake Southam also played a vital role as he smashed 39 at number five and Luke Dyerson showed off his skills with the bat – finishing 53 not out as the visitors reached 248-6.

“With a considerable number of first-team regulars missing it was difficult to judge what a defendable score would be,” said Pete Edge.

“But we shouldn’t have worried as those brought into the side stepped up with excellent performances.”

After posting a more than respectable total with the bat, Havering hoped to make a good start with the ball – and they did.

They had to wait for a wicket, but were keeping the flow of runs to a minimum and the required rate for Baddow continued to rise.

After James Edge (0-24) and Tom Hine (1-37) had done the early work, Dyerson was to continue his fine day by picking up three wickets for the loss of just 38 runs off his 10 overs.

Baddow were unable to increase the run-rate and with the pressure on, Jack Sainty took three wickets to dismiss the hosts for 210.

It was another excellent display by Havering and they will aim to make it the perfect 10 tomorrow.

The second XI put in an excellent display in Division Six, but fell to a seven-wicket loss at home to Great Wakering.

Havering only had nine players for the match and seven of them were from the thirds, but they put up a brave fight at Broxhill Road.

The hosts lost three early wickets after winning the toss and deciding to bat first and it looked like being a short afternoon at that point.

Kevin Bath (30) helped steady the ship and Steve Summerville (16) played his part, but Havering were soon struggling on 81-5 off 21 overs.

Anthony Downes come in at number seven and, with help from Ali Raza (28), ensured his team would reach a competitive total.

Downes was out for a brilliant knock of 79 and Simon Trowse was unbeaten on 18 as they were dismissed for 226.

It was always going to be a tough ask for Havering and although Ben Poch (2-41) nabbed a brace, Wakering won in the 34th over.

Due to a shortage of players, the third XI had to give Canvey Island the points in their Division Nine clash.

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