Downes urges Havering to rediscover form when they visit lowly Eastwood

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 July 2018

Action from Havering-atte-Bower's Broxhill Road home (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Action from Havering-atte-Bower's Broxhill Road home (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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A run of three defeats from their last four games has seen Havering drop to fourth in the table

Havering-atte-Bower skipper Anthony Downes is hopeful his team will get back in form when they visit Eastwood on Saturday in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

After losing a high-scoring contest at home to second in the table Little Waltham last weekend, the Broxhill Road side have slipped to fourth.

Downes’ team have won five of their 10 fixtures, but it is the four defeats which leaves the captain frustrated and he knows what he may be rueing come the last final match of the term on September 1.

He said: “I can probably tell now I will look back at our results come the end of the season and the games we’ve lost will be the times we had weakened sides out.

“I think that will be the way it goes between now and the rest of the year and next up for us is an away fixture at Eastwood on Saturday.

“They are not doing very well in the league, they are second bottom, and we will take a reasonable side over there and hope to get back to winning ways.”

If Havering do get back on track this weekend, they will have to bowl better than they did against Little Waltham at Broxhill Road.

The visitors smashed 454-3 from 45 overs and despite a fine effort in reply, Downes saw his team fall short after hitting 313 off 36.2 overs.

Dan Beechey hit a century in rapid time and Havering’s James Walker passed fifty, but it wasn’t enough for the hosts to get near Little Waltham’s massive total.

Although frustrated with the loss, Downes is optimistic his team can enjoy a strong second half of the season if they can put out consistent starting XIs.

“We are still fourth and I think that shows the way the league has been. Everyone is beating each other and picking up results,” added Havering’s captain.

“The table is fairly tight still. Little Waltham and South Weald have a little gap now to third, but if we can put a run together we will see where we end up.”

When Havering played host to Eastwood earlier this year, an exciting finale was halted by wet weather.

The home side had reduced the visitors to 70-3 in pursuit of their 179 all out before the clash had to be abandoned.

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