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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Havering-atte-Bower all set for busy few days with Hornchurch FC due to visit for cricket game

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 May 2018

Havering face the camera at the start of a new season (pic Lee Power)

Havering face the camera at the start of a new season (pic Lee Power)

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Anthony Downes’ team will be missing some players for Saturday’s league match at home to Terling, but he’s challenged others to step up

Havering-atte-Bower have two matches to play this weekend, but captain Anthony Downes has revealed they will be without a few of their key players.

Terling are the first team to visit Broxhill Road on the Saturday for a T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two encounter.

A day later Havering will take on an XI from Hornchurch FC, who won the Bostik North title in the 2017/18 season and have often helped the local side in the past.

First is the league encounter on Saturday where Downes’ men will aim to make it four without a loss and move up from third position.

But he warned: “We are eager to keep this run going, but we are a couple of people short this week and I had a text on Tuesday from Reece (Beechey) saying he isn’t available now either.

“A few others would be in the XI normally too and they are not a definite yet because of potential work, so we might be a bit weaker than usual on Saturday.”

While it is frustrating for the Havering captain, he is eager to see others step up in the absence of some of their key performers so far in 2018.

Beechey has scored a rapid ton and half century in two of his first three Division Two games to date, but Downes won’t be able to call upon him this weekend.

He added: “A few people in particular have starred over the first few weeks, but others will get a chance against Terling, so they need to step up and show what they can do.”

The Broxhill Road club will get ready to host the eighth-placed side with optimism high after an eight-wicket victory at Woodham Mortimer last weekend.

Ryan Hurley picked up four wickets while Brad Tollen helped himself to three as the hosts were all out for 125.

Havering chased down the total with eight wickets in hand as vice-captain Hurley and Beechey saw their side home.

After this Saturday’s Division Two clash, Downes and the rest of the club will look forward to a fun afternoon on Sunday.

Havering CC vs Hornchurch FC is a 1pm start and all are welcome to attend, Downes added: “We are having a BBQ and the bar will be open all day, so it should be good.

“In the past we have had a British Heart Foundation charity match, but it couldn’t happen this year, so Hornchurch have come forward. They will bring a side over and we are really grateful to them and they might bring a few cricketers this time!”

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