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Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club continue promotion push from Mid-Essex League Division Three without captain James Walker

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 July 2016

Havering-atte-Bower captain James Walker. Pic: TGS Photo

Havering-atte-Bower captain James Walker. Pic: TGS Photo

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Broxhill Road club in wonderful form at the moment and face a crucial fixture on Saturday

Havering-atte-Bower’s push for promotion from the Mid-Essex League Division Three will have to continue without captain James Walker for the next few weeks.

The skipper missed Saturday’s win at Purleigh and isn’t able to play in this weekend’s home fixture with leaders Eastwood.

Ryan Hurley will stand-in for Walker again this weekend after helping Havering make it six wins in a row at Purleigh.

The hosts batted first after winning the toss, but struggled against Michael Roe (2-15) and Anthony Downes (1-20), before Jack Sainty impressed.

Sainty claimed 3-28 and Luke Dyerson (1-28) played his part as Purleigh could only make 151-7.

Havering’s opening duo put on 76 for the first wicket with Roe hitting 31 and Jack Hurley falling six short of his half century.

James Lavender scored 26, before captain Ryan Hurley saw his team home by six wickets with an unbeaten 38.

The second XI had a close call, but eventually beat Bentley’s thirds, but only by four runs.

Ian Greenwood top scored for hosts Havering with 35 as they could only score 155, before the visitors were reduced to 97-7.

Greenwood picked up 4-40, but Bentley’s valiant last pair batted brilliantly until captain Jake Southam took the vital final wicket to dismiss the away side for 151.

Havering’s third were heavily beaten at home to Galleywood seconds after the visitors scored 341-7 from their 40 overs.

Kevin Bath hit 52 in reply for the hosts, but the rest of the order struggled and they were dismissed for just 109.

Club vice-captain Pete Edge said: “It’s been a positive year so far for the club as a whole. Our first team are pushing for promotion thanks to contributions from the entire team so far.

“Our second XI are starting to look stronger and stronger as our younger players find their confidence and realise how good they can be.

“The third team got put up a league this year which has been hard for them, but they have a great mix of colts, new players to the game and a few old-timers which is great to see and really encouraging for the club as we continue to attract new blood.

“If you fancy a game of cricket, no matter what your level or experience of playing before, we can find a place for you here at Havering-atte-Bower. We’re a small family oriented village club with a welcoming attitude, so get in touch!”

Noak Hill Taverners travel to Woodham Mortimer on Saturday hoping to end a run of three consecutive Division One losses.

Chadwell Heath beat them by seven wickets last Saturday after Noak Hill were all out for 173.


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