Downes: Havering looking to put together late promotion push after mid-season blip

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 July 2018

General view during Havering-atte-Bower vs Burnham Sports (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

General view during Havering-atte-Bower vs Burnham Sports (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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A comprehensive victory over Woodham Mortimer has boosted spirits in the camp at Broxhill Road

Anthony Downes has not yet given up hope of Havering-atte-Bower putting together a late promotion push in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

The Broxhill Road club will hope last weekend’s victory at home to Woodham Mortimer has them back on track after a previous run of four defeats in five matches.

Havering’s five-wicket win places them fourth after 12 games and 32 points off South Weald, who are second and in the final promotion spot.

Ahead of travelling to lowly Terling on Saturday, Downes said: “We have got matches coming up against clubs we have already beaten this year and with teams similar to what we have available now.

“The signs are there we can now go on a nice little run and get a few wins together and really push on.

“Little Waltham have a little gap between themselves and South Weald after South Weald lost at the weekend.

“South Weald are not too far ahead from us now and we have to play them and High Roding and they are the teams in second and third, so if we can put decent sides out against them both and win, we could really push on, but we just need to stop losing silly games like we have done in the last few weeks.”

Thankfully Havering were able to rediscover the winning feeling on Saturday against Woodham Mortimer.

It was the visitors who had a bat first, but they could only make 244-8 with all of the home bowlers chipping in.

Downes added: “Everyone bowled well. There were a few dropped catches again so it could have been a lower score for us to chase which would have been a bit easier, but it didn’t cost us too much.”

In reply, Havering promoted lower-order batsmen Jordan Wallace – only because he had to leave early – and it proved inspired as he struck a fifty at the top before Dan Beechey added 49.

Once they were both out, Jack Hurley showed his class again with a half-century, but he couldn’t reach a hundred.

Nevertheless, it enabled Havering to get home for the loss of only five wickets with over seven overs remaining.

“It was a good win and a solid performance with the bat after we had bowled well,” concluded Downes.

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