BILLERICAY moved third in the Essex League Division One standings after an eight wicket win at Harold Wood.

After bowling their hosts out for just 74, Billericay made it home for the loss of just two wickets.

And Matt Bell, who skippered the side on Saturday, felt winning the toss was key to the victory.

“It’s always a good challenge playing away at Harold Wood,” said Bell.

“With the amount of rain we’ve had this week they didn’t get much of chance to work on the pitch so it was a very big toss to win.

“The bowlers were brilliant again this week and the batters got the job done.

Joe Carson took 3/12 with the ball for Billericay while Ellis Pickering (3/21), Louis Barrell (2/14) and Rob Rayner (2/25) also caught the eye to set up victory for the visitors.

And Bell is pleased to have made it back to back wins after defeat to Fives & Heronians on the opening day of the season.

“The first league game was disappointing and it felt like we weren’t ready to hit the ground running with an interrupted pre season,” said Bell.

“However, we’ve put in two great performances and it’s great to get a bit of momentum going.”

But Bell also wants the win to be the sign of things to come.

“This is our third year in Division One and now feels like the year to get back to the Prem,” said Bell.

“We have one of the best overseas players in club cricket (Grant Roelofsen), some brilliant youngsters and a few experienced heads.

“We’ve learnt a lot the last few years and need to kick on this year now.”