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Roy Smith hails Hornchurch duo Tom Moore and Billy Gordon after dismissing Chelmsford for 111 in Essex League Premier Division on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 August 2016

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith tries to rouse his troops (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith tries to rouse his troops (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harrow Lodge Park outfit won penultimate fixture of the campaign and in the process halted a run of five consecutive defeats

Roy Smith labelled Saturday’s spell by Hornchurch duo Tom Moore and Billy Gordon as unbelievable after they defeated Chelmsford by six wickets in the Essex League Premier Division.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit had lost their previous five league fixtures to drop out of contention of claiming the title.

But they bounced back at the weekend with Moore (4-55) and Gordon (4-40) helping dismiss Chelmsford for just 111.

Jamie Sorrell top scored with 48 in reply before Smith finished unbeaten on 21 as the hosts got back to winning ways in the 25th over of their innings.

“It was a fantastic performance. We go in to every game believing we can win, but after losing five on the spin your confidence does get a bit dented,” said Hornchurch’s captain.

“But it was an unbelievable spell from Tom and Billy, it was fantastic and they had the Chelmsford batsmen in all sorts of trouble.

“They bowled as a partnership and it was really pleasing to see, especially at the end of the season, but also showed us what might have been.”

Moore hasn’t missed too many matches for Hornchurch this year, but when he has been unavailable they’ve tended to struggle.

While Gordon has been present all season, he’s had a knee injury in recent weeks which has prevented him from bowling as much as he likes.

But on Saturday he was in full flow again with the ball, alongside Moore, much to the delight of Hornchurch’s captain.

Smith added: “Billy showed what he can do and it was fantastic to see us bowl in a partnership, we haven’t done that much this season.

“If you do that eventually the batsmen are going to make mistakes and that proved the case on Saturday.

“Tom deserved the man of the match award for getting through 17 overs on the spin with his long run up. It was outstanding, it shows his commitment to the team and he’s a great professional.

“I think he had a couple of bad blisters after the match, but he has been a tremendous signing and a pleasure to play with.”

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