HOWZAT: Hurley brothers eyeing more success with Havering-atte-Bower after taking over
PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 May 2017
Jack Hurley has stepped up to replace James Walker after playing a crucial role in securing promotion from Mid-Essex League Division Three in 2016
New Havering-atte-Bower captain Jack Hurley is excited about the challenge ahead and believes another positive campaign could be on the horizon.
The talented batsman has stepped up to replace James Walker this season after playing a crucial role in securing promotion from Mid-Essex League Division Three in 2016.
Hurley’s runs, alongside his brother Ryan, helped Havering seal the title and bounce back following relegation and they are looking to build on their momentum this year.
“The guys are all looking forward to continuing our winning streak and perhaps pushing on for promotion again,” said skipper Hurley. “With the talent we have, I don’t see why we can’t do that.”
Havering put together an astonishing 12-match winning streak at the end of 2016 to claim the title ahead of Eastwood.
The runs scored by the Hurley brothers were key to their success, with Jack smashing 113 during their final-day win against Woodham Mortimer.
He added: “It is an honour to be captain of the first XI and with the help of my brother as vice-skipper, we are both raring to go. Without doubt we are looking to score plenty of runs again.
“There is only one thing better than scoring runs and that’s doing it with your best mate and in my case with my brother.”
Although Havering will aim for back-to-back promotions, they know it will not be easy in Division Two.
In 2015, the Broxhill Road side finished bottom of Division Two after winning just three games. But after success last year, there is a positive atmosphere all around the local club.
“The first aim is to make sure everybody involved within Havering enjoys their cricket –and winning helps,” said Hurley.
“At the moment the boys thoughts are push for promotion again, but I plan to take each game as it comes. We know we have entered an even tougher league than last year.”
One of the reasons behind Havering’s success in 2016 was the correct use of players from all three of their teams.
Former captain Walker called on the help of second and third-team members during the campaign and they all stepped up and delivered.
Hurley added: “There were at least 20 different players used last year in clinching the title.
“Each and every one of them is itching to get going and morale is at its highest for a few years.”
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