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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Anthony Downes confident Havering can achieve positive result... if the rain stays away at Woodham Mortimer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 May 2018

Havering-atte-Bower face the camera after winning the Mid-Essex League Division Three title in 2016 (pic: Havering-atte-Bower CC).

Havering-atte-Bower face the camera after winning the Mid-Essex League Division Three title in 2016 (pic: Havering-atte-Bower CC).

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The wet weather prevented a potentially exciting finale occurring between Havering-atte-Bower and Eastwood last weekend at Broxhill Road

Havering-atte-Bower are ready for the unknown at the weekend when they travel to Woodham Mortimer in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

Anthony Downes’ men visit the newly promoted team tomorrow (Saturday) looking to make it two wins from three in 2018.

The Broxhill Road club were left frustrated with the rain last weekend as their clash at home to Eastwood was abandoned.

But with the sun set to be out on Saturday, Downes is hoping to see another positive result for his Havering team.

When asked about the weather, he said: “It should be alright for this weekend and we have a fairly decent side, not our strongest, but we should be competitive.

“I don’t think we have played Woodham Mortimer before, so we’ll have to see what they are like, but I think on our day we are capable of beating most teams.

“We knew a bit about Eastwood and Little Waltham because we have played them in recent years, but there are some new sides in the league who we won’t know too much about until we have gone up against them.”

Havering have made a decent start to the new season with one win and an abandonment from their second game.

On the opening day of the term they thrashed Little Waltham by 142 runs after Reece Beechey hit an explosive 104 to help the away side post 269-6 from their 45 overs.

The hosts had few answers in reply and succumb to 127 all out, but the wet weather prevented a final result last weekend.

Havering didn’t bat as well as they had at Little Waltham, but made what they felt was a decent total of 179.

Stand-in captain Ryan Hurley top scored with 38 and Eastwood were on 70-3 in reply, but Downes felt an exciting finale was on the cards before rain forced the clash to be abandoned.

He said: “I was actually away at the weekend, but Ryan my vice-captain said it was set up quite nicely. He was thinking had we got another wicket it would have been interesting.

“One guy for Eastwood had a biff at the top of the order and got 32, but the others came and went quickly and they had two new batters in, so had we got another couple of wickets it could quite easily have swung out way.

“It is a difficult one to call because we didn’t set a massive score, but the players reckoned it was a decent one on that track and in the drizzle they played in.”

After the frustration of last weekend, Havering will eye a return to winning ways in the potential basking sun on Saturday.

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