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Essex Premier Division: Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith backs decision to bat first after Wanstead loss

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 24 August 2016

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain happy with choice after brief rain shower

Hornchurch skippper Roy Smith has stood by his decision to bat first away to Hornchurch, even after they were beaten by three wickets in the Essex Premier Division.

After winning the toss, Smith chose to face the Herons’ attack and despite half-centuries for both himself and Jamie Sorrell, the visitors were all out for 204.

Despite a few sticky moments, Wanstead were able to get over the line for the loss of just seven wickets, even after Chamikara Mudalige had claimed three scalps.

Just before play began at Overton Drive, there was a brief rain shower, but Smith believes this had little impact on Hornchurch’s batting display.

“I thought if we batted first, we’d be able to post a good score and put some pressure on Wanstead and that would have been a good option,” said Smith.

“But we didn’t bat at all well. We were a couple of players light which didn’t help, but maybe if we had got another 30 or 40 runs, it would have been different.”

“The conditions weren’t too bad to bat in. The outfield was wet, but the wicket was covered and dry so there was no disadvantage for us.

“Losing our opener in the first over, though, put us under a lot of pressure.

The difference between the sides in the end ultimately proved to be an impressive 79 from Herons stand-in skipper Hassan Chowdhury.

The in-form batsman came to the crease with Wanstead 35-3 and led his side to within sight of their target.

And Smith knows that if Hornchurch had been able to dismiss Chowdhury earlier, it could have been a different story.

“We were in it for a while and when we got rid of Kishen Velani, our tails were up,” he added.

“Credit to Chowdhury, he batted superbly and played really well, but one false stroke from him and we could have cleaned up.”

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