Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club eye up an eighth win in a row in the Mid-Essex League Division Three at Stock Cricket Club's second team
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2016
Without captain James Walker, James and Peter Edge put on 166 for the third wicket to help the Broxhill Road club claim another victory on Saturday
Havering-atte-Bower will hope to take over at the top of the Mid-Essex League Division Three table when they make the trip to Stock seconds this weekend.
The Broxhill Road club beat Eastwood at home last weekend by eight wickets to leapfrog above their opponents and move into second place.
And now Havering visit Stock tomorrow (Saturday) looking to cut the gap between themselves and leaders Chadwell Heath.
After losing the toss last
weekend, stand-in captain Ryan Hurley saw his bowlers produce a fine display in the field.
James Edge made an early breakthrough and finished with excellent figures of 3-23.
And he was brilliantly backed up by Luke Dyerson (2-38) and Dan Beechey (2-47) as Eastwood were all out for 185.
Havering were confident of chasing the total down, although they were reduced to 22-2 when Hurley and Beechey both fell cheaply.
Brothers James and Peter Edge stepped up to deliver, though, and put on an excellent 166 for the third wicket.
James, the youngest of the brothers, finished 94 not out and Peter also reached a half-century as Havering won by eight wickets to move within five points of leaders Heath.
The seconds also claimed an excellent victory at Ingatestone in Division Six.
Ian Greenwood (4-33) shone with the ball and Jake Southam picked up 3-18 to dismiss the hosts for just 142.
Anthony Downes (43) top scored for Havering in reply and Mike Aztell hit 33, but neither could see them to the finish line.
Instead it was left to Eddie Wallace to keep a cool head and he ended unbeaten on 30 as Havering claimed a three-wicket victory.
The thirds had an exciting clash with their Old Chelmsfordian counterparts in Division Nine and despite some trouble with the scorer, they lost by eight runs.
Steve Summervile (3-36) and Dan Kelly (3-6) did most of the damage to the visitors batting line-up as they were out for 194.
The hosts were reduced to 83-5 in reply, although this was quickly made 121-5 when byes were eventually added on!
Farooq Riaz finished unbeaten on 50, but Havering could only reach 186-8 and finished on the wrong side of a thriller.