Search

Hornchurch skipper draws positives

16:27 02 September 2014

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

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (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

Smith reflects on Orsett stalemate

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith was surprised that his side picked up a first draw of the season in their penultimate Essex League Division Two fixture of the campaign against Orsett on Saturday.

The newly crowned champions batted first, but struggled on a sticky surface and could only make 220-8 from 52 overs.

Jamie Sorrell (38), Ronnie Saunders (40) and Chris Haylett (37) all got in, but Smith felt somebody needed to make a big score to ensure the game took a different trajectory.

“I think it was a hard wicket, we had overnight rain,” he said.

“Our top score was 40, we had people get in and get 30s too, but you need somebody to go on and get an 80 or 100.

“If we had that then we would have probably got around 260 and then Orsett would have had to go for it, so it would have been a completely different game.”

As it was, Orsett were only chasing 221 to win, but they failed to reach that total and surprisingly finished 11 runs short on 210-7.

Smith was puzzled as to why the visitors didn’t “throw the kitchen sink” at the chase, with Orsett now involved in a tight three-way battle for the second promotion spot in Division Two.

He added: “It was one of those games, we were dangling the carrot with the slow bowlers, but they were conservative and didn’t want to go for it.

“I thought they would throw the kitchen sink at it, but they didn’t and I am not really sure why because the draw doesn’t do anything for them.”

Chamikara Mudalige (2-58) and Marc Whitlock (2-57) did the majority of the damage to Orsett’s battling line-up, but they couldn’t get the final three wickets to end Hornchurch’s home campaign with a victory.

Smith praised the latter, though, as his two scalps took him to 30 wickets for the first team this season.

“Marc has done well,” said Smith. “He has been really consistent this season.

“Chamikara and Taqi Abbas have taken the headlines, but Marc has been an unsung hero this season.”

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 Sport Stories

Yesterday, 09:23
London Raiders forward Mason Webster fights for possession with Invicta's Josh Condren (pic: John Scott)

South East Cup: London Raiders 2 Invicta 7

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ryman North: Hornchurch 0 Cheshunt 2

Saturday, February 6, 2016
West Ham United's Enner Valencia (left) falls over in the box after battling for the ball with Southampton's Maya Yoshida during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Another sluggish start by the Hammers cost them against the Saints at St Mary’s

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge boss says wind played a huge part in defeat at U’s

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Luke Guttridge of Dagenham & Redbridge and Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Cambridge United 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Charlie Austin  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

As West Ham travel to Southampton, Slaven Bilic insists that Austin will not need extra motivation

Saturday, February 6, 2016
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says just moving to a big stadium does not make them a big club

Saturday, February 6, 2016
New signing Luke Guttridge made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Newport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Midfielder could make full debut at Cambridge after cameo role against Newport

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

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe