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Hornchurch Athletic back in the hunt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 August 2016

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (pic: TGS Photo)

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (pic: TGS Photo)

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Marks impresses with bat and ball

Hornchurch Athletic put themselves back in the hunt for promotion from Mid-Essex League Division Two with a five-wicket win over Rayleigh Fairview.

Captain Ross Raftery (2-18) and Tyler Marks (2-37) nabbed braces as the visitors were dismissed for 153 at Hylands.

But Raftery and Sam Samarasekera fell cheaply in reply, before Dave Walters (31) and Chris Humphries (41) joined forces with an excellent third-wicket stand.

And when they fell in quick succession, the 16-year-old all-rounder Marks kept his composure with an unbeaten 39 to see Athletic to their target without much more alarm.

Athletic need to win their last two matches, and host Great Waltham tomorrow (Saturday), and hope rivals Tillingham lose one of their fixtures to finish in the top two.

The club enjoyed their first clean sweep of wins in more than a year as the seconds beat their Rainham rivals by seven wickets.

Alex Hardy (3-33) and Sam Blowers (2-19) took the bowling honours as Rainham were rolled over for 128, before Lak Gill (35) and Tom Troubridge (26) shone with the bat.

Neil Roe hit 115 as the thirds made 199-4 against their Havering counterparts at Bedford’s Park, with Harry Gilham taking 4-18 as Athletic sealed a 44-run win.

Athletic’s fourths have had a tough summer, but produced their best display of the season to pile up 222-6 against South Woodham Ferrers thirds.

James Johnson (86) was their standout performer with the bat, before Athletic held their rivals to a modest 108-5.

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