Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon bemused by Hornchurch's batting in heavy home loss to local rivals Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 June 2018
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After a decent display in the field, Hornchurch were all out for only 64 with Essex's Adam Zampa impressing with bat and ball
Billy Gordon was left frustrated by Hornchurch’s batting display last weekend during their 146-run defeat at home to Brentwood in the Essex League Premier Division.
The Harrow Lodge Park club looked well on Monty Panesar’s 5-60 had reduced the away side to 175-8.
Brentwood wicket-keeper James Redwood struck 37 not out to help his team declare on 210-8 and Hornchurch collapsed to 64 all out with Essex’s overseas T20 signing Adam Zampa claiming 6-25 off 7.3 overs.
A bemused Gordon said: “We bowled and fielded alright, but when it come to our batting we were just not good enough.
“We didn’t have a game plan and Adam Zampa played well and showed he is a level above because he was class.
“Even so, some of our shots were bad and I think our pitch this season is going to be difficult for batsmen, so you really need to dig in and work hard for runs.
“Hopefully we can do that going forward, starting away to Chingford this weekend, which will not be easy.”
A positive for Hornchurch was their display in the field with Mehad Khan conceding just 57 runs off 21 overs and taking two wickets.
Gordon was also very economical and picked up 1-28 off 15, but Zampa’s 35 with the bat and Brentwood skipper Aaron West’s 44 saw them reach 210-8.
The Hornchurch captain added: “We started pretty well, Mehad and I kept it quite tight at the top and you are always going to get at least one partnership and they did.
“We dropped a couple of catches which were probably only half chances, but against the best sides it makes a difference if you don’t take them.
“210 was not a massive score, but we batted poorly, so it could have been a different game had we batted well.”
Although Hornchurch are fifth in the Premier Division table after four games, batting has been their Achilles heel this season.
The highest score they have produced so far is 211-7 and their other totals have been inconsistent - 204-4 (Southend-on-Sea), 170-8 (Finchley), 92-4 (Shenfield), 160 all out (Orsett & Thurrock) and 203-4 (Bexley).
“We need to work out a game plan when it comes to our batting. We always do when we bowl, but with the bat we generally just go out there and play,” said Gordon.
“The way our pitch looks this season, I think we are going to need to dig in to score runs, so it is all about building partnerships.
“We need people to start batting together because we always talk about having a deep batting line-up, but it didn’t show on Saturday, so we have to be better with the bat.”