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Hornchurch face a potential ‘banana skin’ at Hadleigh

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 July 2018

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

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Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon says trip to strugglers Hadleigh & Thundersley is a potential banana skin.

Marc Whitlock and Mehad Khan discuss tactics for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Marc Whitlock and Mehad Khan discuss tactics for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gordon and his side make the trip on Saturday having gone three consecutive matches unbeaten in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

The skipper is under no illusions and knows his side must perform like they have been in recent weeks to get a result.

“They’re a bit of a banana skin as I think they’ve beat Wanstead and a couple other top teams,” Gordon said.

“At their place it’s always difficult, so it’s going to be a really difficult match.”

Hornchurch will be boosted by the return of batsmen Ronnie Saunders who has been missing the last two weekends.

“We’ve got Ronnie back this week so that will strengthen us as well so that’s good news and we’re looking forward to it.”

They currently sit second in the table and are 15 points behind the current leaders Wanstead & Snaresbrook.

“We’ve just got to keep winning, and we should win with the team we’ve got, we’ve just got to play to our strengths,” Gordon said.

“Hopefully that will keep us up the top of the table and put pressure on other teams.”

Gordon has pin-pointed Wanstead as the team to beat in the title race but feels there is plenty more to come yet this season.

“They’re the team to chase at the moment, but Chingford are doing well as well at the moment.

“There are lots of teams that are decent though so I think it’s going to be tight until the very end.”

They go into the match on the back of a convincing 168 run victory against Shenfield at Harrow Lodge Park last weekend.

And skipper Gordon says he’s pleased with his side and they’re looking forward to the coming weeks.

“We’re doing brilliant, I can’t ask for anymore from the boys,” Gordon said.

“To win how we did was great and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks now, we’ve got a few games that we’re looking to win, and we’re now near the top of the table.

“We done really well, the wicket weren’t too bad, but I don’t think it was a 260 wicket so we batted really well so I’m very happy with that.”

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