Havering seek improvement in the field to turn around sluggish form
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 July 2018
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Four defeats from five have seen Anthony Downes' team drop to sixth in the table
If Havering-atte-Bower are to get back on track in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two on Saturday, they will need to improve in the field according captain Anthony Downes.
The Broxhill Road club lost away to lowly Eastwood last weekend after they failed to defend 212 and were beaten by five wickets.
It has seen Havering drop down to sixth in the table and next up for Downes’ team is a home clash with Woodham Mortimer, who are fourth after 11 fixtures.
Ahead of the match, the skipper said: “We are definitely looking to improve in the field this week to back the bowlers up a bit more.
“I do have a pretty decent team out for Saturday, so hopefully we can again try and bounce back against Woodham Mortimer.”
Havering started the season in fine form, winning four of their opening six matches, but since then they’ve lost four from five.
Although they now trail second-placed South Weald by 49 points, Downes is not giving up hope of an end of season promotion push.
He added: “It is still close in the table throughout and we have to play most of the other sides, so we can still finish high.
“If we can get a run going we can be up there again, but with every passing defeat it makes it harder for us.”
Last weekend at Eastwood, the away side were dismissed for 212 with two overs of their innings left despite a classy half-century from Ryan Hurley.
At the halfway stage, Downes was confident his team could hold their nerve and defend the total, but their fielding let them down.
“We lost our way a bit batting in the middle overs and should have probably got 20 or 30 runs more, but we only have ourselves to blame,” said the captain.
“I can accept us losing when it is to the better team, but we lost the game ourselves with the way we fielded.”
Defending 213 to win, Havering made some inroads with the ball, but couldn’t dismiss Dave Howe and he struck an unbeaten fifty to get Eastwood over the line.
There was only nine balls of the match left and visiting skipper Downes admitted the result may have been different had they held onto some important catches.
Havering’s captain said: “We had a decent bowling attack and bowled well, but we didn’t field well enough.
“We dropped catches and had a lot of misfields and it proved costly in the end, so we lost it in the field.”