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Hornchurch captain Gordon describes winning the treble as fantastic

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2018

Hornchurch pose for the camera after sealing the league title (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Hornchurch pose for the camera after sealing the league title (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Hornchurch bagged the treble by securing their first-ever Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title with a seven wicket victory against nearest rivals Wanstead last weekend.

Billy Gordon’s men began the day with a 14-point lead at the top of the table and saw former England Test spinner Monty Panesar shine with the ball to pick up seven wickets.

Half-centuries from Michael Bones and Jamie Sorrell then saw Hornchurch to their target and allowed them to celebrate.

Skipper Gordon admits that will now be a tough act to follow after sealing the T20 Cup, the League Cup,

and now the league title in the first season as captain.

“I’m retiring next year, I don’t want to take it as it can only go down from here,” he joked.

“It’s fantastic, all the boys deserve it, I think the table don’t lie and look at the success in the cups, we’ve been the best team in Essex this year.”

Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal chose to bat after winning the toss, but opposite number Gordon bowled Kishen Velani for only five runs.

Arfan Akram (22) also fell to Gordon with the total on 47, before Robin Das was bowled by Panesar.

Aron Nijjar became the third victim of Gordon, who took 3-42 from his 21 overs, after hitting eight fours in his 37, and Feroze Khushi fell to Panesar to leave Wanstead 94-5.

Panesar then ran through the lower order, dismissing Adnan Akram and Ellis-Grewal (27) in quick succession, then claiming Mohammed Fayyaz Khan and Zain Shahzad.

Jonathan Das (20) was the last Wanstead batsman to fall as they were all out for 159 and Panesar finished

with superb figures of 7-54.

Ronnie Saunders hit five fours in a quickfire 25 from 21 balls before falling to Ellis-Grewal, who also trapped

Gordon lbw cheaply soon after to leave the hosts 40-2.

But Sorrell and Bones combined forces for the third wicket, with a superb partnership of 103.

Bones fell with the finish line in sight, bowled by Jahansher Akbar having hit two sixes and seven fours in

his 61 off 79 balls.

But Sorrell finished unbeaten on 50, having hit eight fours in his 91-ball innings, as Hornchurch sealed victory.

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