Cricket: Hornchurch land spot in T20 semi-finals and captain Billy Gordon is delighted
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 May 2018
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Hornchurch booked their place in the Dukes Essex T20 semi-final with a five wicket victory over Chingford in their quarter-final tie.
The home side lost the toss and Chingford opted to bowl first but Billy Gordon’s men got off to a terrific start with the ball.
Roy Smith caught opening batsmen Rob Whitfield out after two balls before Alexander Maskell picked up two runs.
Partner Alex Agedah was then bowled out by Mehad Khan to make it 2-2 and Hornchurch continued their good start as incoming Peter McDermott was then bowled out by Billy Gordon to make it 3-3.
Maskell (27) and Andre MacGregor (6) then dug in and brought the score up for the visitors before Rahun Patel (33) came in to bring the score up to 91 all out.
Patel batted strong but the lower order of Christopher Baldock, Aryan Gupta, Alfie Taylor were bowled out at the hands of Monty Panesar (4-9) and Edward Smith (1-19).
Captain Billy Gordon was delighted with his side’s two victories against Chingford and Southend on Sea to progress through the cup competition.
“It was brilliant, we came into the game with a strong side to be fair, but Chingford are doing fantastic this year so we know it was going to be tough but we done really well to restrict them to 91.
“We made hard work of it but we got over the line in the end and that’s all that matters.”
Skipper Gordon praised his side’s fielding performance against the in-form Chingford in their second match of the day.
“We had a chat after the first game as we dropped a couple of catches and said we need to improve on our fielding if we want to win this game and luckily we did.
“We had a run out and held our catches so it was brilliant for the boys.”
The hosts got off to a strong reply with Paul Murray (8) and Billy Gordon (13) before both going out but Roy Smith (23) and Chris Sains (29) came in after Bhajandip Singh Purewal was caught out without a run to steady the middle order.
The pair dug in and helped guide Hornchurch to 94-5 with Michael Bones (4) and Mehad Khan (6) also chipping in. “Typical Hornchurch never make it easy, but as long as we get over the line that’s all I care about,” he said.
“They done well both games and settled the middle order,” he said.
“They took it easy in this game to be fair and maybe stayed in a little too long but they were brilliant and i’m proud of them.”