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James Walker’s Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club earn Mid-Essex League Division Three bragging rights at home to Noak Hill Taverners Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 July 2016

Havering-atte-Bower in batting action during Saturday's derby with Noak Hill Taverners. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Havering-atte-Bower in batting action during Saturday's derby with Noak Hill Taverners. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

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Broxhill Road club visit Purleigh this weekend hoping to close the gap between themselves and the top two in the division

Havering-atte-Bower in batting action against Noak Hill Taverners. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOHavering-atte-Bower in batting action against Noak Hill Taverners. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Havering-atte-Bower continued to go from strength to strength in the Mid-Essex League Division Three.

James Walker’s team earned a fifth consecutive victory last weekend and it was all the sweeter because it was against their great rivals.

The Broxhill Road club hosted Noak Hill Taverners and earned a comfortable triumph to boost their confidence even more ahead of visiting Purleigh tomorrow (Saturday).

Last weekend, Walker won the toss and decided to bat first, but Michael Roe went after just four balls.

Fellow opener Dan Beechey was positive, although he fell for 26 and Havering needed somebody to stick around against the Taverners.

Ryan Hurley was the man to do it initially before he fell eight short of a half century, while James Lavender failed to trouble the scorers much.

It was left to Jack Hurley to hold the innings together as he hit 31 and Havering managed to make 247, before Noak Hill bowled them out having conceded 52 extras.

James Edge made a wonderful start with the ball for the hosts and finished with 4-41 off his 10 overs.

Walker (2-32) helped keep his team on top before Roe finished the innings off with 2-14 as Noak Hill could only score 178 before they were dismissed.

Havering’s captain was delighted with the result, which keeps them in third place in the table, but only three points behind Chadwell Heath – who occupy the final promotion spot.

“Once again it was a great team effort with all the players contributing,” said Walker.

“It’s brilliant to see a group of young men play for each other and not think about themselves. They’re all striving for a greater goal and that’s pushing us on.”

Meanwhile, Noak Hill will look to bounce back from their disappointment of losing the derby on Saturday.

Roger Bayley’s men host Chadwell Heath and can expect a difficult encounter against the title chasers.


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