Beagles men bank best haul yet in British League fixture
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2018
Newham & Essex Beagles had their biggest points tally of the British League season as they took fourth place in Bedford.
The result leaves them fifth overall with one match to come and the day pleased team manager Rowan Griffiths.
“That points tally would have put us second and third in the opening two matches so I was pleased with that score,” he said.
“We had one or two gaps, but our new boys gave us such a boost and a lot of points. We had Thomas Somers and Chris O’Donnell making British League debuts and Ben Snaith as well and they must have scored the best part of 100 points.”
Snaith won the 400 metres in 47.75 seconds, with O’Donnell adding the B race in 47.56, while Snaith took the B 200m and Somers came third in the A event.
“Rabah Yousif phoned me up to apologise for pulling out as he had been selected for the World Cup,” said Griffiths. “But we didn’t need him as we won both 400m races and the relay – he was surplus to requirements,” he laughed.
Rory Chesser won the steeplechase and was fourth in the 1,500m, as Lennox Thompson took second in the B 400m hurdles and Victor Nutakor was third in the 800m.
In the field there were some excellent displays, but only one win, from the unlikeliest source.
“Greg Beard has been playing semi-professional darts for about four-and-a-half years, but phoned me up and said he wanted to come back to us and do something different,” said Griffiths.
The former Great Britain shot putter and discus thrower opted for the shot, although perhaps it should have been the javelin.
He won the B event with 5.55m, while Kai Jones threw a season’s best for fifth in the A string.
There were fine second places for Hassan Arwelgahad in the hammer with a big throw of 67.60m, Jack Roach (7.32) in the long jump and Michael Puplampu (15.86) in the triple jump, while Griffiths was impressed with their B string athlete.
“Andrew Adegbite made his British League debut and he was excellent for a youngster. He looks a great prospect,” he said, after Adegbite took second with 13.90.
Matthew Baptiste was second in the B discus and there were third places for Thomas Head (B hammer), Jerome Henry (B high jump) and George Armstrong (A discus) before with two magnificent wins in the relays.
Lewis Davey, Emmanuel Sosanya, Somers and Snaith stormed home in the 4x100m in 41.86 and then Somers, Davey, Sosanya and O’Donnell linked up to win the 4x400m in 3.12.51.
The Beagles will hope for even better when they travel to Barnet for the final match of the season where Birchfield Harriers are set to be crowned champions again.
Result: Birchfield 340; Woodford Green 325; Shaftesbury 317; BEAGLES 310; Sheffield 248; Thames Valley Harriers 248; Cardiff 228; Swansea 137.