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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Anthony Downes eager to see how Havering-atte-Bower fare at leaders South Weald

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 June 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

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After a 10-wicket win at Rayleigh Fairview last weekend, Havering head to South Weald looking to secure a statement victory

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes believes Saturday’s fixture at South Weald in T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two will give his team a decent indication of what they can achieve this season.

The Broxhill Road club are third after five games and 15 points off the leaders, who they visit at the weekend.

South Weald may be top, but they are not unbeatable after losing to Ingatestone on May 26 and seeing their fixture at Little Waltham finish as a tie a week earlier (May 19).

Havering have also lost one game, but confidence is high ahead of Saturday and Downes said: “We have a good side to take there.

“It should give us an idea of where we really stand in terms of what we are looking to achieve for the year.

“South Weald are doing well and judging by some of their scores and results they look a good side, but we are taking over one of our strongest teams.

“If we can come away with a win it will give us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the season knowing if we can get the players out we will push to be right up there.”

Downes’ men showed what they are capable of away to Rayleigh Fairview with a 10-wicket win on Saturday.

Havering made the journey after a frustrating home loss to Terling on May 26 where they had failed to chase down 252 and were all out for 190.

The Broxhill Road club had no such problems with the bat this time, though, but the good work was initially done in the field by the bowlers.

Captain Downes, Dan Beechey and Brad Tollen claimed a wicket each while Tom Hine picked up two scalps to reduce the hosts to 148-5 from 45 overs.

It was never enough and the openers Beechey (70 not out) and Jack Hurley (65 not out) produced a sensible display to secure an emphatic victory – their third of the 2018 campaign.

Downes added: “It was always going to be a ‘bowl if you win the toss’ wicket, but I don’t there was as much in it as it looked because I think we just bowled very well.

“We managed to keep them down to 30 at drinks, which is 22 overs, so they had a little spurt at the end to get up to 148, but we never thought it would be enough.

“Our two openers Dan and Jack played nice and safe and got themselves in on the track and made the most of some loose bowling to get us home without losing a wicket, so it was pretty comfortable.”

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