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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two: Anthony Downes wants Havering-atte-Bower to show strength in depth against Burnham Sports

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 June 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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After moving to the top of the table last weekend with a win at South Weald, Havering will aim to stay there after Saturday's game

Havering-atte-Bower captain Anthony Downes has called on his team to deliver again at home to Burnham Sports on Saturday in T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Two.

The Broxhill Road club moved to the top of the table with a comprehensive victory away to South Weald last time out, but will be missing several players when they take to the field again this weekend.

When they last had to play a ‘weakened team’ they lost at home to Terling and Downes wants to avoid a repeat result this weekend against their eighth-placed visitors.

He said: “What we don’t want to do is go the same way we did against Terling when we had a weaker side out.

“The boys who are playing are quality first-team players, so they need to make sure they perform on the day. If we do that, we have the players good enough to win.

“We just want to keep this run going now and make sure we stay at the top.”

Even though Havering will be without a few key players, they go into their match at home to Burnham Sports with lots of confidence.

Centuries from vice-captain Ryan Hurley (112) and Dan Beechey (137) helped them post 334-4 from their 45 overs at previous leaders South Weald last weekend.

James Walker then spun the visitors to an emphatic win by taking 4-48 as the hosts were dismissed for 216, but Havering captain Downes said: “We are three down from last Saturday and one is our opening bowler, so we might struggle a little bit with our bowling this week.

“We do have eight strong players in the side, so it is a matter of who we get to replace the other three.

“If we can get some decent seconds or thirds in then it will help, but it is obviously difficult to know which players to try and bring up.”

Havering will be without Reece Beechey for a lengthy period of time after he suffered a serious knee injury during last weekend’s game away to South Weald, which initially saw the clash delayed.

“Everyone is gutted for Reece because he has been out of the game for three years and has just come back,” said captain Downes.

“Now we probably won’t see him again for a while, but all of us at the club wish him well and a speedy recovery.”

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