Search

Hornchurch hail masterful Murray

10:30 08 July 2014

Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Smith praises opener’s key innings

Hornchurch beat Horndon on the Hill by three wickets at the weekend and skipper Roy Smith was indebted to opener Paul Murray for carrying his bat.

Set a revised target of 175 from 41 overs due to the poor weather, Hornchurch lost wickets regularly in this Essex League Division Two match but Murray scored an outstanding unbeaten 86 to see his team home with four overs to spare.

Smith praised the opener’s innings and also the opposition, saying: “It was a close fought match and we had a bit of a wobble but come through in the end.

“Paul batted outstandingly, he was excellent and got us home. He won us the game, without him we don’t know what we would have done.

“It was a game we expected to win but Horndon surprised us a little, they are a good side and I think, well I hope, they can get out of the trouble they are in.”

Hornchurch restricted Horndon to just 188-8 from their 50 overs with Chris Sains (1-18) economical and Myles Wells blowing away the top order with 3-28 off eight overs.

Chamikara Mudalige (2-55) and Marc Whitlock (2-33) also picked up scalps and Smith was satisfied when walking off at the break.

However, a sudden downpour changed the situation, as Smith explained: “We lost the toss and they batted first on a good wicket and although we didn’t bowl that well, 188 off 50 overs? You take that all day!

“As we were coming off for tea, though, it started chucking it down and that lost us nine overs, but only 13 runs come off the total, which I thought was a bit strange.

“Then getting the covers off made the wicket a bit damp and it was tough. Horndon were putting the balls in the right areas and picking up wickets.

“You always hope with our batting line-up that somebody will get in and see us home and of course, it was Paul on Saturday.”

Aside from Murray’s 86, the next highest score for Hornchurch was 16 from number six Chris Haylett.

The only other Hornchurch batsman to reach double figures were Sains (12) and Michael Bones (11) but it wasn’t to matter too much in the end as Murray saw them home and kept them clear of nearest rivals Orsett at the top of the table.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

16 minutes ago
Jack Connors of Dagenham & Redbridge gets to the ball ahead of Billy Bodin of Bristol Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Former Daggers left back spent time on loan in division with Boreham Wood last season

55 minutes ago
Girls Golf Rocks in Essex won a prize at the Golf Foundation Presidents' awards night prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (pic: Richard Heathcote/Getty)

Crowlands Heath helped deliver Girls Golf Rocks project

Upminster captain Alan Ison (left) celebrates a win with his team-mates (pic: Upminster CC)

After hosting Harold Wood, they’ll play two Dukes T20 matches over the next week against Shenfield and Orsett

Roger Bayley in batting action for Noak Hill Taverners earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Church Road outfit got first league success of the campaign and have plenty of confidence ahead of facing Woodham Mortimer

10:00
Rainham's Rob Guiver in racing action (pic: Eric O'Brien)

Double win for motorcycling ace

Rashidi Boucher of Hornchurch gives the thumbs up (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harrow Lodge Park club have had a lot to celebrate this week after beating Shenfield on Saturday

08:00
Romford's Tim Olla celebrates his win over Newham's Ridge Baye

Young heavyweight impresses once again

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe