Gordon running out of superlatives to describe Hornchurch team

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 July 2018

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After two more victories last weekend, Hornchurch’s winning streak has extended to six games in all competitions

Hornchurch bowler Muhammad Irfan is congratulated by captain Billy Gordon (left) and Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Hornchurch bowler Muhammad Irfan is congratulated by captain Billy Gordon (left) and Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Billy Gordon admitted he is saying the same thing over and over again, but is not complaining after watching Hornchurch pick up two more crucial victories over the past weekend.

On Saturday, the Harrow Lodge Park club travelled to Hadleigh & Thundersley in the Essex League Premier Division and triumphed by a 178 runs – a result which moved them up to first and ahead of previous leaders Wanstead.

The following day, Hornchurch were on the road again and visited Woodford Wells in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and managed to eventually chase down 121 to win by three wickets, although only after a mini-collapse midway through their chase.

Regardless of Sunday’s batting display, it was two more wins and Gordon said: “I feel like I am saying the same thing over and over again, but the team are doing unbelievably.

“The attitude is brilliant and everyone is giving it a 100 per cent, and our plans are working at the moment.

“Hopefully we can keep it going. We have seven league games left and cup games, so I just want us to carry it on until the end.”

Saturday’s success at Hadleigh was down to a brilliant team display and Gordon felt it was important to highlight the roles of virtually everyone in the side.

Frankie Jacobs (25) and Ronnie Saunders (26) laid the foundations for a big score with a 52-run opening stand.

Although both fell with the score on 52, Michael Bones (61) and Gordon (57) hit 127 for the third wicket before both fell just after passing fifty.

Bhajandip Purewal couldn’t hand around long, but Roy Smith anchored the rest of the innings to score 27 not out while Muhammad Irfan smashed 57 off 33 balls and young Zeeshan Khan added a 13-ball 22 to help Hornchurch post 298-6 off 50 overs.

In reply, Hadleigh had very few answers to the visitors’ attack with Gordon leading the way with 3-11.

Overseas Irfan picked up 3-30 while Mehad Khan (1-18), Monty Panesar (1-19) and Marc Whitlock (2-32) made useful contributions to dismiss the hosts for 120.

Gordon added: “Everyone chipped in. We won the toss and the two openers Frankie and Ronnie got into the twenties.

“Then ‘Bonesy’ and I both passed fifty and others come in like Irfan, and he got a fifty and Roy got 27 not out, so everyone did their job.

“Our bowlers did brilliantly once again too, so I couldn’t have asked for any more and it has been like that for a while.”

Hornchurch dominated from the start on Sunday as well away to Division One outfit Woodford Wells in the last-eight of the League Cup.

Khan (4-29) and Irfan (4-30) did most of the damage as the home side were all out for 120 in the 28th over.

In reply, Hornchurch were cruising at 52-2, but when Chris Sains went for 32 off 22 balls Gordon allowed some of the club’s tailenders to try their hand.

Unfortunately they failed to impress with Whitlock out for two and Khan caught for a golden duck.

Hornchurch had suddenly collapsed to 67-7, but Gordon and Bones enjoyed each others company again to get their team home and both finish on 30 not out

The captain added: “We bowled them out for 120 and people have been bugging me for a while to give them a bat because some of them haven’t batted much on a Saturday.

“I thought I would give them a go and we would be fine, but oh god I won’t be doing that again!”

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