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Hornchurch expect exciting clash

15:02 11 July 2014

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (left) was happy with the manner of his side

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

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Skipper Smith plots West Essex downfall

Roy Smith believes Hornchurch’s Essex League Division Two clash with West Essex could be an exciting match tomorrow (Saturday).

But the captain has full belief his table-topping side will again run out winners.

Hornchurch recorded a seventh win in nine matches last weekend against Horndon and Smith believes they will get victory number eight this weekend.

But he did acknowledge that West Essex will carry an unknown factor about them.

“It could be a good one, but we have just got to play to the standard we know we can play at and that will be good enough to get us another win,” said Smith.

“They are a bit of an unknown, I haven’t played against them for a couple of years, but they won last Saturday (against Gidea Park & Romford).

“I don’t think we will underestimate them, but we just want to carry on how we are doing and keep winning games.”

The match sees two of the form sides in the division go head-to-head as West have won their last three games.

Smith believes his Hornchurch side are the best team in the group, though, and it is that self belief that is helping them carry on winning.

He added: “You do get confidence from winning, but I feel we are going to win every game because I know how strong we are.

“I know the team we have could win every game on paper, but cricket isn’t played on paper.

“You can talk as much as you want and practise as much as you want, but cricket is a lot about the mind as well, and adapting to the conditions.

“You have to be able to do that and so far this season we have and hopefully we continue that on Saturday.”

Paul Murray’s unbeaten 86 steered Hornchurch to a three-wicket win over Horndon, who made 188-8.

Myles Wells (3-28) shone with the ball before rain reduced Hornchurch’s target to 175.

Frankie Jacobs (93) and Lee Bones (71) shared 128 as the seconds made 261-5 against Hadleigh.

Mo Khan (4-44) and Richard Burd (3-25) had success with the ball as the hosts held on at 153-8.

Hornchurch lost a third-team derby to Harold Wood (see left), but the fifths drew at Wickford.

The hosts made 234-4, but Tony Willison hit 15 fours in an unbeaten 92 as Hornchurch replied with 178-4.

The under-16s beat Gidea Park & Romford by seven wickets in the Matchplay Plate, while the under-15s thrashed Rainham by 105 runs in the Havering League.

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