Havering entertain Ingatestone looking to get back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 June 2018
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Anthony Downes' team have lost their last two games after an excellent opening six weeks of the 2018 season
Havering-atte-Bower will aim to halt their two-match losing run in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two on Saturday when they entertain Ingatestone.
After a fine start, where they won four of their opening six fixtures, the Broxhill Road club have not won now since defeating South Weald back on June 9.
It has seen Havering drop to fifth in the table ahead of this weekend’s clash at home to fourth-placed Ingatestone.
Given their closeness in the table, a tight encounter can be predicted and both clubs go into the match after slightly surprisingly Saturday losses.
Ingatestone were skittled for 98 at home to struggling Woodham Mortimer in a nine-wicket defeat while Havering lost at High Roding.
Captain Anthony Downes was keen for his team to get back on track at High Roding, but knew it would be tough without openers Dan Beechey or James Hurley.
The hosts won the toss and batted first – scoring 237-4 off their 45 overs to set Havering what looked a chaseable target at the Meadow.
A 117-run second-wicket partnership with Ryan Hurley and Dave Keylock gave the away side a chance of getting over the line, but both unfortunately failed to remain at the crease.
Keylock went for a fine 76 while Hurley was out for 52 and only captain Downes could stick around to hit 39.
In the end, Havering just fell short and reached 224 in the 44th over before they were all out with eight balls left.
After falling 14 runs short of what would have been an excellent victory, Downes will hope to see his team get home against Ingatestone and move back up the table.
The seconds also lost, by 61 runs, at home to Boreham after they failed to chase 272 to win. It was their sixth straight loss, but they will hope for better away to Old Southendian & Southchurch on Saturday.
On Sunday, Havering will be hosting their annual fun day at Broxhill Road. There will be free parking for the event which starts at 12pm and runs for five hours.
There will be lots of stalls and attractions on show plus games and entertainment for all in attendance on what will be the club’s third year of running the family day.