‘Promotion hopes over’ for Woodford Wells
PUBLISHED: 11:18 22 July 2015
Captain Johnson believes chance has gone
Woodford Wells captain Joe Johnson believes their five-wicket loss to Essex League Division One leaders Hornchurch has ended their promotion hopes.
The fourth placed side, who are now 54 points shy of Premier Division bound Southen in second place, elected to bat first and scored 252-3 off 50 overs, with Brenton Thompson hitting the highest score of 92.
Wells initially looked set for victory after dismissing Hornchurch’s opening three batsmen for just 20 runs.
But strong partnerships from the Hornchurch middle-order meant they coasted towards victory and bettered Woodford’s total with eight overs to spare.
“We do need to work on our catching and bowling during the middle overs,” said Johnson.
“We got off to a really good start in field and bowled well up top.
“But during the middle overs when the ball stops swinging we need to be a bit more consistent and try and stop them getting away from us in the field.
“Hornchurch are a very good side and they’re top of the league for a reason.”
Asked about their own chances of promotion now, Johnson added: “I think it’s over for us now. We will probably have to win every game from now until the end of the season to stand any chance and even then we’d probably be relying on other results.
“Unfortunately the availability of our lads isn’t as good as it has been so we’re struggling a bit at the moment.
“We missed our key players on Saturday and we’re going to miss a few of them again this week.”
Wells will now hope to bounce back from their defeat with a victory against potential relegation candidates Upminster on Saturday.
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