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Hornchurch ‘have to get promoted’

16:00 09 May 2014

New Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is targetting promotion (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

New Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is targetting promotion (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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New captain Smith sets sights high

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith insists anything other than promotion from Essex League Division Two will be a failure this season.

Smith made the decision to leave Ardleigh Green in the winter after 26 years service, and with the players now at his disposal with Hornchurch, he believes the only way is up.

“The team we have is strong enough and we have some good experience as well, with some Premier Division players in what is a Division Two team,” said Smith.

“Without doubt the target is promotion and if we don’t do that it will be a failure.”

Hornchurch have plenty of strength in their team and with bowlers like Chamikara Mudalige, Taqi Abbas and Marc Whitlock around, Smith feels they can cause plenty of ‘havoc’ with the ball this summer.

“I have spoken to all the players and they are up for the challenge in front of us,” he added.

“The league is the main aim, but we’ll take a cup run as well if one comes along. With Taqi, Chamika and Mark in the bowling department we have plenty to go with and hopefully they can cause havoc all season.”

Hornchurch’s opening challenge comes with a trip to Belhus, and Smith highlighted batsman Joe Joyce as their danger man.

“They have a couple of good batters and Joe Joyce is a good player and one to watch,” he added.

“They struggled a bit last season, but it would be nice if we could start off as we mean to go on.”

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