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Essex League Premier Division: Roy Smith calls on Hornchurch to get back to winning ways at basement club Colchester

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 July 2017

Hornchurch players celebrate picking up a wicket against Upminster on Sunday (pic: Christian Pickering).

Hornchurch players celebrate picking up a wicket against Upminster on Sunday (pic: Christian Pickering).

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Harrow Lodge Park captain hoping to see his batsmen hit form and enjoy playing on the Castle Park surface this weekend

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith has challenged his team to get over their Essex League T20 Cup disappointment by putting a strong run of results together in the Premier Division.

The Harrow Lodge Park club lost at home to Shenfield on Saturday before local rivals Upminster beat them in the last four of the T20 Cup on Sunday by 46 runs.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Hornchurch, but they’ll look to bounce back away to struggling Colchester this weekend.

Smith said: “We played them earlier in the year in the League Cup and it is a nice wicket, so all the batters should look forward to playing there.

“We are sixth in the table, around halfway, so we are not doing too bad. We just need to get on another run of three or four wins and we’ll be happy.”

Hornchurch were hoping to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League on Saturday, but struggled at home to Shenfield.

Away bowler Jack Plom, an England under-19 international, claimed 4-31, as the hosts were all out for 161.

Shenfield made light work of the chase too, winning by seven wickets with over nine overs left at Harrow Lodge Park.

“I did think the toss was crucial because it was a greenish-top wicket and there was a little bit of drizzle in the air, so it was a crucial toss to win, but we lost it,” said Smith.

“We got stuck in and we found it difficult early on. Shenfield have a good bowler in Jack Plom. He is an England under-19 and bowled exceptionally well and did the damage and we couldn’t recover.”

Zeeshan Khan top scored for Hornchurch on Saturday with 26, while Jamie Sorrell (24) and Brian Barnard (21) both made starts.

Nobody could kick on and it has been an ongoing problem for the club in 2017, despite Ronnie Saunders hitting 67 against Upminster on Sunday.

Smith will hope his batters can fill their boots at Colchester, however, and get Hornchurch back to winning ways.

The captain admits his team need to improve in all areas to find greater consistency in the final two months of the season.

“A lot of fellas got themselves out on Saturday, but at the same time there were some extremely good catches from Shenfield,” said Smith.

“If you hold your catches you win matches and we are putting them down at the moment unfortunately.

“If you give good players chances they will punish you, so that is something we need to do better with.”

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