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Havering end up on losing side of high-scoring game with Little Waltham

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 July 2018

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes shows his frustration in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes shows his frustration in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Captain Anthony Downes was pleased to see his team have a right go, but they couldn’t chase down 455 to win

Anthony Downes admitted Havering-atte-Bower were punished for not getting enough early wickets against Little Waltham in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two on Saturday.

The clash at Broxhill Road proved to be a day for batsmen with 767 runs scored for the loss of only 13 wickets.

Unfortunately for Havering, they could only post 313 all out in reply to Little Waltham’s mammoth total of 454-3.

Downes said: “It was an interesting game to say the least. We had a 10 o’clock start to try and get as much of the game in as possible so we could stop for the football and finish it after the England vs Sweden game was over.

“I put them into bat and they went a bit mad! We were a little bit light on bowling, but the track was an absolute road and the outfield was lightning as well and it is a small ground anyway.

“They have some very good batsmen at the top and if you don’t go through them, and they get in, you can be in trouble and 454 was a slightly daunting score.”

After facing the improbable task of chasing 455 to win, Havering set off like a train, but couldn’t stop losing wickets.

Dan Beechey maintained his stunning form with another century while James Walker added 71, but the hosts were eventually dismissed with 52 balls of their innings left.

“We did go right at it from the start and we got 313 off 36.2 overs, but we just ran out of wickets trying to chase it down,” said Downes.

“If we had managed to retain some wickets it could have been quite a close game with us needing 140 off the last nine overs.

“Most people chipped in. Dan got 113 I think off 42 balls and I got 30-odd, James Walker got 71 and everyone got twenties and thirties quite quickly.

“We just ran out of steam. It was always going to be a big chase and we needed to keep going hard at it, but the harder we went the more chance they had in terms of picking up wickets.”

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