Gaffney knows the importance of Wells’ derby clash with Hainault

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 August 2018

Gareth James of Woodford Wells in bowling action against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Gareth James of Woodford Wells in bowling action against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Division One strugglers are looking to make winning a habit again

Woodford Wells captain Jon Gaffney joked if there is such a thing as an Essex League relegation 40-pointer then Saturday’s the definition of it!

The Monkhams Lane club are set to host rivals Hainault & Clayhall on Saturday in a big Division One game which will go a long way to deciding who could go down this year.

Wells are currently bottom on 104 points, but only nine points off Hainault in seventh position with six games left.

“It is relegation 40-pointer if that is a term used in Essex League cricket,” said Gaffney.

“But all joking aside it is huge and unfortunately we will be without Gareth James because he is away, but others need to step up and score the runs this weekend.

“Aside from that we have a strong team out and hopefully we can try to produce another performance like Saturday.

“I always talk about losing becoming a habit, but so does winning and if we can win at the weekend it will set us up nicely for the next game with Orsett & Thurrock, who are in the bottom two with us.”

Before Wells can look too far ahead they must try and beat Hainault for a second time this season.

The previous encounter on June 2 saw Gaffney’s men win by four wickets chasing down 240 and it was a similar story last weekend.

Wells visited Gidea Park & Romford on a seven-match losing run in all competitions, but snapped it following a top team display.

Youngster Viraj Ghandi was impressive on his way to 3-38 as the hosts were reduced to 208-9 at Gallows Corner.

In reply, Joe Johnson kept up his strong form with 76 and George Styles added 49 at three before James saw the team home with 37 not out.

The seven-wicket success has failed to move Wells off the bottom, but they have their belief back ahead of Saturday’s crucial fixture.

Gaffney said: “I found out this week Hainault’s 10-point deduction has been revoked because pitch penalties don’t come into play anymore.

“We need to work even harder now to stay up, but we just need to take this on the chin and move on.

“It obviously makes Saturday’s match with Hainault even more crucial, but we go into it with a lot of confidence now.”

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