Captain Downes looking for response after Havering downed at Broxhill Road
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 June 2018
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After a six-wicket defeat on Saturday, Havering-atte-Bower will look for an improved display at High Roding
Anthony Downes is pleased with Havering-atte-Bower’s position in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two table after seven matches so far.
The Broxhill Road club lost by six wickets last weekend at home to Burnham Sports, which was just their second defeat of the season, but still sit third in the standings.
Ahead of visiting High Roding on Saturday, Havering are looking to get back on a roll against the seven-placed side.
Downes said: “We are only a win and the two sides above us losing from being top again, so we are not in a bad position.
“We have to go to High Roding this week and leaders Ingatestone the Saturday after and then we have played everyone.
“If we can get two results going into the reverse fixtures we should be right up there come the halfway stage.
“Hopefully we go to Ingatestone and do what we did away to South Weald recently when we knocked them off the top.
“The only trouble this week is both of my opening batsmen are not available and Dan Beechey is one of our best bowlers, but we have Tom Hine and James Walker back so we’ll see how we go.”
Havering were without Hine or Walker on Saturday and it proved costly as they failed to defend 247 against Sports at Broxhill Road.
The hosts batted first and made a good start with Beechey scoring 49 at the top of the order and after he was out, Ryan Hurley kept up the scoring before he was out one short of another hundred.
At the end of their 45 overs, Havering had reached 246-7, but it wasn’t enough to beat Burnham, who got home with 15 balls left.
Captain Downes will be hoping for better on Saturday at recently relegated High Roding, but knows you can’t judge the opposition too much looking at the table.
The Havering skipper said: “If you look throughout the league, a lot of teams have won a decent amount of games, so it is quite tight. There is a lot of movement after a win and a loss.
“I just don’t know what type of side High Roding will have now as they have come down from the Premier, so they may have lost players and it is hard to know what we will come up against on the day and that’s similar to us.
“If we had our full side out like we did at South Weald (on June 9) then we can go out and hit over 300 and beat anyone, but we don’t always have that team available unfortunately.”