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Hornchurch captain Gordon praises side after convincing win against Shenfield

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 July 2018

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)

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Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon was full of praise for his side after they eased past Shenfield in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby at Harrow Lodge Park.

The in-form hosts lost Mark James without scoring, dismissed by Oliver Castell, but captain Billy Gordon put on 90 with Michael Bones (34) before Arshad Ali struck.

Gordon dropped anchor and added another 74 with Bhajandip Singh Purewal (27), who fell to Alex Rickenbach, before Muhammad Irfan hit a quick 22 off 11 balls, with two sixes.

Captain Gordon struck eight fours to reach 100 off 138 balls, before he became the fourth victim of Ali (4-38), as Hornchurch closed on 259-7.

“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 good so I’m very happy with that.”

The skipper was also delighted to pick-up a big score himself to help his side reach a big total.

“I am over the moon, it’s about it’s about time in the league that I scored some runs as I do alright in the cup matches, but not in the league so it was nice to help the team out.”

Jack Potticary hit five fours in a quick 25 in reply, before Gordon dismissed Ali and Mitchell Edwards in the space of a few balls.

Mehad Khan bowled Potticary as a third Shenfield wicket fell with the score on 29, before Alan Jones followed soon after.

Khan picked up a third scalp to make it 49-5, before Irfan (2-11) got in on the act with a quickfire brace.

And Khan struck for a fourth time as Shenfield slumped to 56-8, before Rickenbach smacked a quick 24 off 18 balls, including five fours, in a late show of defiance.

Khan completed a 5-47 haul to end the fireworks, before Marc Whitlock wrapped up a 168-run win by claiming the final wicket with only his third delivery.

Gordon heaped praise on Mehad Khan and his bowling unit for their efforts in the match.

“He’s been unbelievable this season, I can’t ask for anything more, he gets so many wickets and I think he has about 35 now.

“Irfan bowled well and all the boys did so it was nice to clean them out early.”

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