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Rain stops Hornchurch cricket success

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 July 2017

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith in discussion with Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith in discussion with Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch won the toss and decided to bat on a slightly green wicket.

After a steady start wickets fell at a consistent rate with only overseas Imraan Mannack looking comfortable.

He went on to complete a half century of 58 balls and was the fifth wicket to fall as he went for 65 (seven fours, one six).

Captain Roy Smith and evergreen Chris Sains both reached 30 before they too fell as Hornchurch ended their innings on the last ball of their 50 overs all out for 217.

Colchester opener Fernandes fell first ball but his opening partner along with Hebron & Rymell added to the score at a good rate with dark clouds looming.

At five o’clock the heavens opened and it looked as though we may not finish the game.

With only 15 overs bowled a result even by DLS was not possible although if we did get back out to play Colchester were firm favourites.

At just after half five the teams returned to the field and club comedian Marc Whitlock was brought into the attack and he stemmed the flow of runs taking one for 16 off his first seven overs.

Aided by fist Mannack and then Chammy Mudalige, Hornchurch clawed themselves back into the game.

Mudalige proved to be the secret weapon as he finished with four for 27 as Hornchurch bowled our hosts out for 182.

With all the other premier league games abandoned through rain it was a massive 20 points for Smith’s men.

Hornchurch now have two tough weeks coming up with Chelmsford at Harrow Lodge next week before the trip to league leaders Wanstead.

The seconds also won the toss and elected to field in this top of the table clash and soon had the visitors in trouble after a good start.

Cooper (30), Wooding (25) and Bryant (43) started well but all fell after getting started and then followed a mid-order collapse.

With 37 overs gone Wood was in trouble at 142-7 but the rain started and got progressively worse and ultimately brought a premature end to the game.

The thirds were put into bat on a damp wicket by second placed Harold Wood and it looked to be a good decision.

Neil Butler continued his good recent form but fell on 27.

Only Mo Khan (39) looked to be at comfort with the tricky pitch but when he fell with the score on 110-4 the hosts were up against it.

With the score on 150-6 off 37 overs and heading for a decent score with two set batsmen at the crease like most other games the rain fell and didn’t stop.

Another game lost to the weekend weather so six points for each side as Hornchurch remain nine points clear of Wood.

The fourths were put into bat by Ilford and of all the clubs games this one was the shortest.

Abul Hasnet hit a quick fire 28 but after just 18 overs the heavens opened and with the score on 75-3 the game was abandoned due to a flooded itch and continued rain.

The fifth team came as close to a result as anyone as the completed their innings after being put into bat by Brentwood.

Captain Gary Barnacle scored a fine half century before being caught on 50 and Tony Willison added 25.

That’s as good as the scoring got as Hornchurch were all out for 140 in 38 overs.

Play was due to resume, but the square was under water so they abandoned the game.

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