Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club win again in Mid-Essex League Division Three after seeing off Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 09:31 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 05 July 2016

Havering players celebrate a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Havering players celebrate a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Impressive debut display by Jake Southam leads Broxhill Road club to more success, but they remain third in the table

Havering-atte-Bower earned a third successive victory in the Mid-Essex League Division Three on Saturday after beating Woodham Mortimer in a tense clash.

James Walker’s men were hoping to close the gap between themselves and the top two, but expected a tricky encounter on the road.

After winning the toss, Havering decided to bowl first and James Edge dismissed one of the home openers after a brilliant catch from Brad Tollon.

Michael Roe backed up James Edge well before Dan Beechey produced a wonderful spell and finished with 2-23 off his 10 overs.

Walker led the front with 2-33 as Mortimer limped to 132-8 off their 45 overs on a sluggish surface. Havering hoped to get off to a strong start, but Peter Edge went early to put them on the back foot.

Tom Mitchell was looking in good form until he found mid-off and departed for a breezy 24. Wickets were falling regularly and Roe and Luke Dyerson were promoted up the order to try and score quick runs.

It worked with the former contributing 19 and the latter hitting 20, however, they both were dismissed.

First team debutant Jake Southam was the next man in and he played with great maturity for Havering. Walker and Tollon produced small cameos to get their side almost over the line with time running out.

The visitors needed one run to win, although Mortimer needed one wicket to tie the game in difficult conditions.

Southam kept a cool head and hit the winning runs with a solid drive for four as he finished unbeaten on 19.

It was an excellent win for the Broxhill Road outfit and means they haven’t tasted defeat since May 28.

Walker said: “It was a solid fielding effort, the bowlers stuck to their plans and made the Woodham batsmen work for their runs.”

“Jake played with an immense amount of maturity. Defending the good balls and punishing anything loose. He claimed the batsman of the match award, with the team really happy to cross the line.

“He is a young man with great promise. He has really come on this year with his all round skill and with a little coaching, could be a great addition for the future. It was a fantastic team performance, everyone contributing to the victory.”

Havering have won four of their last five matches in Division Three and sit third in the table.

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