Havering captain frustrated with home loss to Burnham Sports
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 June 2018
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The Broxhill Road club were unable to cope with missing two of their key bowlers
Anthony Downes felt Havering-atte-Bower would have defeated Burnham Sports in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two on Saturday had they not been missing two of their best bowlers.
Tom Hine and James Walker didn’t feature and their lack of availability saw the Broxhill Road club fail to defend 247 on home soil.
Havering hit 246-7 from their 45 overs and saw Sports get home by six wickets with 15 balls left to hand the hosts only their second loss of the 2018 campaign.
Downes said: “We were missing our opening bowler and leg-spinner and if you put them back in our side I think we would have won the game given the runs we had on the board.
“Burnham Sports got home with about three overs to spare, so if we had them Tom and James back in, it would have made all the difference.
“If you look at the two games we’ve lost this year, it is the two where we have lacked a couple of first-teamers, so that’s the difference.
“We don’t have the back up, in terms of quality, to replace key players when they are missing from the side.”
Although Havering’s bowling department was weakened, they were still largely at full strength with the bat, but failed to post an unreachable score.
Ryan Hurley top scored with 99 – just failing short of registering back-to-back tons – while Dan Beechey hit 49, but their total of 246 was not enough.
“Dan got out on 49 and Ryan Hurley got out on 99, so both fell slightly short of milestones,” said Downes.
“If Ryan had reached three figures it would have been two centuries on the spin and Dan followed up his 137 with 49.
“Our Broxhill Road home is a small ground and one side of the boundary is very short and the outfield is lightning quick, so we needed to be on the top of our game to defend 246 because it wasn’t the best score we could have got.
“Given the way the game went, if we had one of Tom or James, I think we would have probably come out on top.”