T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Anthony Downes full of praise for Havering-atte-Bower's sensible vice-captain Ryan Hurley

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 May 2018

Ryan Hurley in batting action for Havering-atte-Bower in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ryan Hurley in batting action for Havering-atte-Bower in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Broxhill Road club secured an eight-wicket success away to Woodham Mortimer last weekend to keep up their strong start to 2018

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes praised the matured batting of vice-skipper Ryan Hurley after Saturday’s win over Woodham Mortimer in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

The Broxhill Road club travelled to the Maldon-based team looking to continue their strong start to 2018.

After dismissing the hosts for 125, Havering lost two early wickets, but Hurley and Reece Beechey steadied the ship and both finished unbeaten with the latter scoring a half century.

Downes said: “When Ryan gets in he can be quite an attacking batsmen, but he played second fiddle and just stayed there.

“Between him and Reece, when they weren’t able to hit boundaries, they kept things ticking over and made the most of the loose balls.

“Ryan finished on about 39 not out and Reece was 62 not out I think, so a nice little hundred partnership to see us through.”

Hurley did damage with the ball too and claimed four wickets while Brad Tollen got in the act and dismissed three Woodham batsmen.

Overall it ended up being a good days work for Havering, but Downes was slightly surprised the hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss.

He felt Mortimer’s pitch at Tyndales Farm made lift difficult for batsmen, adding: “It wasn’t too bad an afternoon for us on Saturday.

“I was surprised Woodham Mortimer batted first after winning the toss because the track was interesting.

“All we really did was bowl tight lines and not give them anything too loose which they could get after, but the bowlers did well.

“We lost a couple of early wickets in the chase, but Ryan and Reece managed to bat through nice and sensibly to see us through, so it was a good day.”

Havering are third in the table after three games with 57 points to their name – nine off joint-leaders Ingatestone and South Weald.

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