Gaffney: Wells must bounce back after heavy Upminster loss

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 July 2018

Woodford Wells players congratulate George Ellis (centre) after he claims a wicket  (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Woodford Wells players congratulate George Ellis (centre) after he claims a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After an emphatic defeat at their local rivals last weekend, the Monkhams Lane club host Buckhurst Hill on Saturday

Jon Gaffney is looking for a response from his Woodford Wells team on Saturday after a heavy defeat at Upminster in the Essex League Division One last time out.

Buckhurst Hill will make the trip to Monkhams Lane this weekend with the hosts eager to end a bad run of form.

Wells have lost three in a row in Division One and went down by 213 runs on Saturday away to the basement side in the league.

Gaffney said: “It was not a great day. I don’t think anyone really turned up for the occasion and it was a bit of a must-win game.

“We were disappointed to come out on the losing side, but we have to try and pick ourselves up and go again.

“We’ve had three losses on the spin and big players are not putting their hand up at the moment, myself included, so we have really got to kick on and try to turn the bad run around and start making some progress.”

Upminster smashed 365-9 from their 50 overs despite the captain taking 4-73 and Nigel Holmes claiming 4-64.

In reply, Wells struggled and were quickly reduced to 43-5 before Gaffney hit 57 off 81 balls to help them make it up to 152 before he was the last man out.

After such a disappointing last outing, the Monkhams Lane club will seek better on Saturday at home to fourth-placed Buckhurst Hill.

Gaffney added: “It won’t be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination and we are going to have to pull it out the bag. I think the key thing from last Saturday was the players we were without.

“We were missing four of our top five. Tanveer Shah is injured with a hamstring problem and it is touch and go whether he will be available for this weekend.

“He is a big player and a big miss, but it was compounded by having other key batsmen unavailable. Joe Johnson was away, Hywel (Jones) wasn’t around and so that has made it difficult for us and when you are missing four of your top five it is always going to be tough to win games.

“We have the majority of those players back plus a guy called George Styles involved for this week. George has been away at university and he will be a big player for us with the bat, so hopefully we can put out a much closer side to our first XI on Saturday.”

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