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Hornchurch skipper Smith keen to wrap up promotion

23:23 14 August 2014

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Win and other results could seal spot in Division One

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith admits it would be a job well done if his side can seal promotion from Essex League Division Two against West Essex tomorrow.

If his side pick up a victory over their relegation-threatened opponents, and either Belhus or Orsett lose, then the Harrow Lodge Park side could be celebrating the move up to Division One.

And Smith would be delighted if they could complete the job they set out to achieve at the start of the season with three weeks to spare.

Smith said: “We’ve all talked about promotion at Hornchurch, but you still have to go out there and do the job.

“If we can get the win, which we are very capable of doing, and results go our way then it could seal it for us. It would be nice to get it done as soon as possible.

“We beat West Essex comfortably in the previous game and they are towards the bottom, so we should really be looking to win the game.”

Skipper Smith is a doubt for tomorrow’s match, though, after dislocating a finger in the field during their six-wicket win over local rivals Gidea Park & Romford last weekend.

Hornchurch had Gidea Park 73-5 at one stage, but the tail wagged with an unbeaten 28 from Michael Pegram and 30 for Sam Hewitt helping Chris Collier’s side post 173-9 from their 50 overs.

It was an all-round effort by the Hornchurch attack as Chamikara Mudalige (3-27) led the way, with support from Taqi Abbas (2-21).

Park started well with the ball, though, and Hornchurch were in a spot of bother at 41-3, with Hewitt performing particularly well and ending with figures of 3-21.

But skipper Smith (56 not out) and Chris Haylett (59) effectively got Hornchurch over the line, with the help of 40 extras, 34 of which were wides.

“Not for the first time this season we’ve had a team a few wickets down early on only for their tail

to wag and it was the same on Saturday,” added Smith.

“That’s an area of the game we need to work on, but I was still

happy to keep them to 173.

“Losing three wickets early on was a worry, but Chris Haylett played really well.

“I dislocated a finger in the field and although it popped in again, I felt I had to bat because we were missing a few. Chris was playing nicely so I just decided to bat round him really.”

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