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Hornchurch captain Gordon is targeting more silverware

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 July 2018

Hornchurch celebrate after Monty Panesar took the wicket of Hassan Chowdhury (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch celebrate after Monty Panesar took the wicket of Hassan Chowdhury (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon is already eyeing more silverware after bagging the Dukes Essex League T20 crown last weekend.

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon celebrates taking the wicket of Kishen Velani (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon celebrates taking the wicket of Kishen Velani (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The skipper is now setting his sights on capturing the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title and believes they can do it if they continue their recent run.

Gordon and his side will welcome Billericay to Harrow Lodge on Saturday as they look to build on what he described as “the best weekend in the club’s history” after sealing the T20 title following league victory against Wanstead & Snaresbrook.

“We’ve got Billericay at home and then Shenfield at home so there are two games there that we need to win and keep ourselves in the race for the Premier Division title,” said Gordon.

“It doesn’t stop here. We have got to keep on working hard and hopefully win next week and carry on from there.”

Gordon believes the title race is getting interesting with Wanstead and Ilford losing last weekend to make the top four extremely tight.

“There is about four or five teams when I looked at the table in the hunt for the title so it’s going to be exciting,” he added.

The Harrow Lodge-based outfit will be boosted by the return of former England Test spinner Monty Panesar who missed the T20 Finals Day.

They will also welcome back batsman Roy Smith who was unavailable last weekend, but will be without stand-out performer Ronnie Saunders.

“Monty and Roy will be back, so that will strengthen us,” Gordon said.

“Ronnie is away on holiday but Roy will come in for him, so we will have a strong team.”

They will be full of confidence after claiming their first piece of silverware at Billericay’s Toby Howe ground on Sunday.

Hornchurch started the day by defending a score of 152-2 in their semi-final with fierce rivals Brentwood, restricting their rivals to 146-5 in reply.

And the Premier Division champions then proved too strong for Colchester in the showpiece event, as they won by 28 runs.

“It’s been probably the best weekend in the club’s history, since I’ve been here anyway. It was brilliant,” said Gordon.

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