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Gordon lauds effort of squad after Hornchurch edge closer to treble

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 August 2018

Hornchurch players celebrate picking up wicket (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch players celebrate picking up wicket (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Harrow Lodge Park club secured their second piece of silverware earlier this week

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon revealed his delight after watching his team put in a professional display to triumph in the final of the Essex League Cup on Monday.

Batting first at Garon Park, the Premier Division leaders scored 261-9 off 50 overs with Ronnie Saunders top scoring with 55 off 34 balls.

It was too many for Belhus, who could only manage 172 all out in reply with Monty Panesar picking up 3-12 off eight overs.

Gordon said: “We did well. We won the toss and we batted because the wicket was actually bone dry even with the wet weather we have had.

“The covers at Garon Park are obviously pretty good and Ronnie got off to a flying start again.

“He got a hundred on Saturday against Ilford and smashed it Monday with 50-odd, so he was brilliant.

“After Ronnie, a few of us chipped in and we got up to 260 and felt that was a pretty good total because the wicket was starting to keep low and do a few funny things.

“We felt our bowling attack would be strong enough to defend the total and we did it, so it was really good.”

It capped another fantastic weekend for the club with Hornchurch winning at Ilford on Saturday too.

Saunders was in the runs again as he scorched 102 off only 72 balls with 13 fours and five sixes.

After the opener was dismissed, Gordon picked up the baton and ended unbeaten on 100 with Roy Smith adding 57.

It set Ilford 324 for victory or to bat out 62 overs for the draw and they didn’t manage to do either as they were dismissed for 182 in the 46th over.

But Gordon gave the plaudits to Saunders, adding: “Ronnie was unreal. He teed off from the start and smashed it everywhere, so it was great to go in after he had set a platform.

“I just carried on the innings and it was nice to get a hundred myself and help the team get over the line. It was great stuff from all of the boys again, but we obviously now have another massive weekend coming up.”

Excellent bowling efforts from Mehad Khan (4-52) and Panesar (4-67) ensured Ilford were all 141 runs short of their target.

It keeps Hornchurch in first position ahead of this weekend’s clash at Harrow Lodge Park against Wanstead, who are second and 14 points behind the leaders.

Gordon, when reflecting on Panesar’s recent performances, said: “Monty is really enjoying himself. He is bowling really well and hopefully he can help us on Saturday. He has been superb, so fingers crossed he can carry it on.”

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