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Hornchurch captain hails Sorrell

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (left) was happy with the manner of his side's win over West Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (left) was happy with the manner of his side's win over West Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Monday, June 30, 2014
4:48 PM

Smith praise for batsman’s efforts

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Hornchurch captain Roy Smith praised opener Jamie Sorrell after his side defeated Belhus by 38 runs in Essex League Division Two.

Sorrell, playing just his fourth 1st XI game this season, top scored with 69 in Hornchurch’s total of 288-8 off 48 overs.

Rain heavily affected the match and Belhus failed to reach their revised target of 188 runs off 26 overs, finishing up on 150-7.

Skipper Smith was full of praise for Sorrell though and revealed he will now get an extended run in the first team, saying: “Jamie’s been scoring runs for the twos and with Michael Bones away he came in on Saturday.

“He is an old fashioned left hander who hangs around and sees off the new ball and it is just what we need because we have a lot of people who can smash it about.

“Jamie set up the big total for us and he will have a little run in the team now. He did really well and Chris Sains (63) was good, he come in and smashed it everywhere like he always does.”

The decision by Smith to bat first proved important but he explained how initially it was a big gamble.

He added: “Belhus are a good side and we have beaten them three times now, so we are back on track.

“It was a rain-affected match, but it affected both teams. We won the toss and it had been raining beforehand so it was a gamble to bat first but we rode the storm.

“I’m pleased with the reaction I got after losing the other week and it has probably done us a bit of good and been a warning to some people who got a bit overconfident.”

The Belhus chase was hampered by the weather but Smith admitted that, although the opposition were unfortunate with their revised target, he was always confident Hornchurch would win.

The performances of spinners Chamikara Mudalige (2-19) and Taqi Abbas (3-27) ensured they ran out winners, with Smith adding: “Belhus were a little unfortunate with the revised target, but I think either way 288 is a good score.

“We had three slow bowlers and we knew if they started trying to whack them then we could put the field back so we always felt in control. Taqi was very good as were all the bowlers.”

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