Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon and Hornchurch hope for more Monty Panesar magic by the Southend seaside

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 May 2018

Hornchurch bowler Monty Panesar celebrates after taking a wicket (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch bowler Monty Panesar celebrates after taking a wicket (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The former England test spinner was in full flow last Saturday and will hope to help Hornchurch enjoy more success over the next few days

Hornchurch bowler Monty Panesar (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). Hornchurch bowler Monty Panesar (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Billy Gordon is excited to see what Monty Panesar can do for Hornchurch this weekend after inspiring them to success over Hadleigh & Thundersley in the Essex League Premier Division.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit registered their first top flight victory of the 2018 campaign last Saturday with the former England Test spinner claiming 6-22 to help dismiss the visitors for just 77.

Gordon loved seeing the club’s winter recruit in full flow, on his way back from a broken ankle suffered in December, and now hopes he can impress away at Southend-on-Sea this weekend.

He said: “Ahead of the first few games Monty said to me he wasn’t sure how his ankle was going to hold up, so he couldn’t bowl through his action properly during the first month.

“But now he has played some games he has more confidence in it and he can push through his action and know it is not going to break down, so that’s probably why he is starting to find his rhythm.

“Hopefully on Saturday at Southend he can do something similar to what he produced against Hadleigh, because it was great to watch.”

Although Panesar’s 6-22 took most of the headlines, it was a real team effort for Hornchurch last weekend.

Jamie Sorrell (48) and Frankie Jacobs (18) put on 63 for the first wicket on a slow surface at Harrow Lodge Park.

And Ronnie Saunders (66) and captain Gordon (52) built on the foundations laid by the openers and helped the hosts’ post 211-7 from 64 overs.

It was then ‘The Monty Show’ as the former England man picked up six scalps with Mehad Khan also continuing his impressive start to the new season with 4-26 as Hadleigh were skittled.

Gordon added: “It was a good win and Monty really bowled brilliantly. It took him a couple of balls to get loose, but once he got into his rhythm he bowled some absolute peaches.

“He’s a really good lad and gets involved with everything at the club and is keen to mix in, so we’ve loved having him around so far and when you factor in his skills, it makes it even better!”

After visiting Southend, Hornchurch will host the same opponents on Monday in the Essex League T20 Cup.

Gordon’s men will do battle with Southend before facing the winner of Chingford v Orsett & Thurrock later in the day to decide who reaches finals day.

He added: “I think it is good the way they have done it this year with the games on the same day because it makes availability easier.

“We should have a strong side out on Monday and hopefully if we play well we can make it through to finals day.

“It is good to play in the T20 games because it is a lot of fun and we usually get a decent crowd over to watch, I think we are going to do a BBQ as well and it should be a great day.”

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