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In the Hylands

PUBLISHED: 16:19 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:19 29 June 2015

Hornchurch Athletic captain Ross Raftery in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch Athletic captain Ross Raftery in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Blogger Nathaniel Bastin offers a mid-season review

Time for the midseason review. Sharing their thoughts, the captains.

First Team – Ross Raftery

Position: 4th

Highlight: Watching Steve Hunt and Paul Crane bring home the bacon against Little Waltham.

Quote: ‘Are we playing wides?’ (Isaac Bastin).

Unsung Hero: Steady Eddie batting performances of Michael Wade.

Pantomime Villain: Must certainly be the wasteman-like behaviour of Addison Davis.

Target: Still remains the same – win the league and try our luck in Division One.

Verdict: Considering the serious availability issues, it has been a success. Fourth at halfway and only a win away from top is certainly a springboard going into the second half.

Second Team – Stuart Whitaker

Position: 6th

Highlight: Sam Blowers’ 63 not out off 20 balls to give us a reasonable total verses Rettendon.

Quote: ???

Unsung hero: James Collier – helping out team in first part of the season. Adding commitment, runs and wisdom.

Pantomime Villain: Easy – Plummer/Mr Angry from Rettendon. A mile long run-up for very average medium pace and banter that I haven’t heard since year eight at school.

Target: 5th and beating a top-four team.

Verdict: Season to date has been hampered by inconsistencies, especially batting, and not being able to produce a ‘complete’ performance in all facets of the game. Team has been more settled in recent weeks so hopefully this will continue and help to deliver more wins in the second half.

Third Team – Mark Speller

Position: 9th

Highlight: Rob Kershaw’s hundred.

Quote: ‘We’ve lost again’.

Unsung Hero: The skipper.

Pantomime Villain: Mike Wilson.

Target: Hopefully stay up. Looking unlikely.

Verdict: Shocking season.

Fourth Team – Chris Jones

Position: 2nd

Highlight: Beating Galleywood. At 77-7 chasing 161 it seemed the game was dead and buried. However, we did not count on the ‘Rajan and Joel show’, seeing us to victory with five balls to spare. Sensational game.

Quote: ‘Win or lose, always on the booze!’

Unsung Hero: Paul Jones. The visor. It’s almost like having a different bowler at the club. Also he is always happy to do the scoring, has great statistical and meteorology knowledge and can find HACC branding for just about any utility (pens, phone cases, bed sheets, wallpaper).

Pantomime Villain: Captain of Galleywood. 1) Feigned injury on three occasions when he bowled badly. 2) Celebrated ‘victory’ mid game with 15 overs to play. 3) Publically called out his own team by shouting to his VC ‘I only have old men and kids to work with Dave, what can I do?’

Target: Champions.

Verdict: To have already surpassed last season’s points tally is a magnificent achievement with virtually the same team as ended 2014. No reason why we cannot push on to win the league - great team spirit!

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