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Skipper Downes calls for Havering to put Little Waltham under pressure

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 July 2018

Havering-atte-Bower's Dan Beechey in bowling action in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Havering-atte-Bower's Dan Beechey in bowling action in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Broxhill Road club saw off this weekend’s opponents on May 5, but can expect a stern test on Saturday

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes believes a good start is key to defeating Little Waltham on Saturday in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

The Broxhill Road club were able to triumph against this weekend’s opponents on the opening day of the season (May 5), but go into this fixture a place below them in the standings.

Little Waltham are second on 167 points while Havering are third with 148 and both go into Saturday off the back of victories last time out.

Downes said: “They are quite capable of hitting a big score against you with the batsmen they have and their bowlers are steady.

“The key is to put them under pressure and pick up the wickets of their main men and if you get through three or four, you should be okay.

“If we can get a decent score on the board and put them under pressure then we should do well and if we bowl first, we need to make sure we keep it tight and pick up the key wickets.”

After two defeats during the middle of June, Havering got back on track last weekend with an emphatic victory at home to Ingatestone.

The hosts scored 275-9 from their 45 overs with opening batsmen Jack Hurley doing most of the damage with a fine century.

In reply, Havering got off to a flyer and had Ingatestone four down early on in their chase and they could never truly recover.

Although the visitors went past 200, they were eventually dismissed for 234 in the 39th over of their innings.

Downes added: “It was a great win. We batted first and weren’t too sure if 275 would be enough because the outfield was lightning and the track was good and we were a bowler short.

“A great knock from Jack Hurley, getting a hundred, set the tone for the innings, but there was a stage where I didn’t know who would open the batting with him.

“We were without Dan Beechey and Dave Keylock, so I decided to open and had a biff at the top and got a quick 28 and we managed to hit the ground running.

“Jack stayed there and Ryan (Hurley) stuck around for a bit and everyone else contributed with 20 or 30, so it was good.”

After setting Ingatestone 276 to win, Havering made the best possible start with a flurry of early wickets.

Downes praised the team bowling effort after most of the side chipped in with scalps in addition to some excellent fielding.

He said: “We had a run-out and most people got one or two between them so everyone contributed with the ball.

“We got off to a great start because we had them four down within the first six overs and we held everything in the field.

“There were a couple of really good catches which helped give us the impetus and then it was about being patient because we know we have a small ground.

“They had people coming in and playing shots, but rather than having a defensive field with people on the boundary, we had people in more wicket-taking positions on the boundary because they were going for it and it paid off for us eventually.”

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