T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Havering-atte-Bower aim to get back on track at Rayleigh Fairview
PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 June 2018
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The Broxhill Road club lost on Saturday, but had lots of fun on Sunday in an exhibition match against Hornchurch FC
Havering-atte-Bower will look to get back to winning ways in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two tomorrow (Saturday) at Rayleigh Fairview.
Anthony Downes team came unstuck last weekend at home to Terling and in the process suffered their first loss of the 2018 campaign.
The Broxhill Road club had anticipated a tricky fixture with a number of key first-team personnel away for the Bank Holiday weekend.
It proved to be the case as they lost by 62 runs after they could only make 190 with the bat in reply to the visitors total of 252-7.
Havering won the toss and put the away side into bat and it seemed a good decision at the time with Terling making a slow start to proceedings.
After keeping wickets in hand, the visiting team made the most of the middle overs to increase the run-rate and pass 250.
Downes’ side knew a strong start was imperative, but both Hurley brothers, Ryan and Jack, went cheaply to put the hosts on the back foot.
Although the captain stuck around to score 24 and Tom Hine added 31, Havering could only scupper to 190 all out and therefore a first defeat of the new campaign.
Despite the reverse, they are still third in the table and will hope for better away to bottom of the table Rayleigh Fairview this weekend.
Even though Havering had very little to cheer about on Saturday, last Sunday proved to be a successful day for the Broxhill Road club.
The Division Two outfit hosted Hornchurch FC, of the Bostik Premier, in a fun event for everyone associated with the two sporting sides.
Havering batted first and managed to set the footballers 238 to win at Broxhill Road and for a period it looked like Jimmy McFarlane’s team may pull off a surprise.
The Urchins manager’s son Ricky struck an excellent 78, but it wasn’t enough to get Hornchurch over the line and Downes’ side won narrowly.
A spokesman for Havering CC said: “A great effort by Ricky, but Hornchurch just fell short of chasing 238.
“Thank you to everyone who showed up for the day.”
After a victory of sorts on Sunday, Havering will aim to register success in Division Two this Saturday.