Roger Bayley's buoyant at Noak Hill Taverners Cricket Club triumph in Mid-Essex Division Three
PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 May 2016
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Church Road outfit got first league success of the campaign and have plenty of confidence ahead of facing Woodham Mortimer
Noak Hill Taverners captain Roger Bayley is keen to see his team build on their opening win in Mid-Essex League Division Three.
The Church Road outfit host Woodham Mortimer tomorrow (Saturday) after beating Chadwell Heath last weekend.
It places them sixth in the table on 37 points after two defeats and one success from their opening three league games – two positions and seven points better than their next opponents.
“Momentum is what we need, it was a bit disappointing to lose the first two fixtures, but it doesn’t matter who we play,” said Bayley.
“We have the potential to do it and beat anybody on our day. We just need to keep focused. The win makes a big difference and you can see that on the faces of all the players, they’re enjoying their cricket now.”
While Noak Hill had lost their opening two games in the division, both were close contests.
They attempted to chase 237 at Eastwood on opening day, but were dismissed for 232 to fall just short.
After that loss they entertained local rivals Havering-atte-Bower and couldn’t defend 169-8 as the away side reached their target with five wickets in hand.
But Bayley was pleased to see them bounce back at Chadwell Heath and bowl out the hosts for 102, before getting home for the loss of just three wickets.
He added: “For the first couple of matches we weren’t as strong as I had hoped for, but there’s nothing you can do about that.
“When we faced Chadwell Heath, we had a good team out and all the guys played really well, and we took some good catches.
“That is what won it for us really, because we had looked good in the previous matches, but put down some good chances and it was crucial in the end.”
Mick Hodgson was the star of the Noak Hill attack as he claimed 5-33 from his 10 overs. Rehan Abdul (3-29) gave support as Chadwell Heath only just got to three figures.
Bayley opened for Noak Hill and played a captain’s innings as he finished unbeaten on 29 to ensure his men got over the line.
Ali Raza contributed 26 as well to ensure Noak Hill secured their first victory of the campaign.
“I decided I just wanted to stay in and make sure we got the win so I was taking singles and running twos,” said Bayley.
“It was pleasing to get us over the line. The chase was comfortable, we lost an early wicket, but we had no problems in the end.”