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Hornchurch hail Smith hundred

15:00 10 June 2014

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain’s ton proves vital in win

Hornchurch had new captain Roy Smith to thank after beating Essex Division Two hosts Leigh at the weekend.

The visitors were in deep trouble at 70-8, but Smith held firm and had late support from Marc Whitlock and Mark James.

Smith hit a six and 16 fours to finish unbeaten on exactly 100, sharing 62 for the last wicket with youngster James to lift his side’s total to 151.

Leigh struggled early in reply, slumping to 22-4, as Sri Lankan spinner Chamikara Mudalige (7-43) caused havoc.

Taqi Abbas (2-27) nabbed a brace to help clinch a 34-run victory to keep Smith’s men at the top of the table.

Half-centuries from Andy Roberts (62), Mitch Gilbert (57 not out) and Brad Hodgekiss (51) helped the seconds pile up 286-6 against Loughton at Harrow Lodge Park.

Kevin Shallow (3-34) and Danny O’Sullian (2-38) had success with the ball in reply, but the visitors held on for a draw at 208-6.

The thirds dug in for a draw against Fives, who amassed 279-7 on the back of a stunning innings from Raza (191).

Barry Bones (4-61) and George Green (3-84) shared the wickets to fall and Hornchurch reached 246-9 in reply.

Lowell Mason (75) and Green (33) were the leading contributors with the bat.

Hornchurch fourths lost their derby at Gidea Park & Romford, despite making 252-7 at Gallows Corner.

Abul Hasnat (76), Imran Khan (64 not out) and Omer Mahmood (35) top scored for the visitors, but Park got home with four wickets to spare thanks largely to James Patient (81).

Alan Foxton and Tafeeq both nabbed 2-53 for Hornchurch.

There was better news for the fifths, who beat Hadleigh by 74 runs.

Dave Kiff (39 not out) and Sam Cross (37) top scored in Hornchurch’s 146, before Sam Childs (5-24) claimed his maiden five-wicket haul for the club.

Kiff (2-9) and Luke Williams (2-30) also had success as the hosts were skittled for 72.

Hornchurch seconds lost to neighbours Hornchurch Athletic on Sunday.

Jamie Sorrell (63), Frankie Jacobs (58) and Dean Skipper (48 not out) top scored in their 204-4, but Ross Raftery hit an unbeaten 119 in reply as Athletic won with seven balls to spare.

Young Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Dillon Phillips (39) was also in the runs, as Michael Bones (2-25) took the bowling honours.

Hornchurch under-15s came up short against Ilford in the Cox & Kings Cup.

Chasing 120, Hornchurch reached 112-8 after Louis Mackman retired out on 30.

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