Cricket: Monty off mark in Hornchurch win
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 May 2018
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Hornchurch eased past Orsett in their Essex League Cup first-round tie, with former England Test spinner Monty Panesar claiming his first wickets for the Harrow Lodge club.
Captain Billy Gordon chose to bat after winning the toss and saw openers Frankie Jacobs (33) and Ronnie Saunders (24) make starts.
Former skipper Roy Smith (30) and Mark James (24) also chipped in as the home side were dismissed for 160 in 47 overs.
But that proved more than enough as Gordon (3-16) and Mehad Khan (5-8) ripped through the Orsett top order to reduce the visitors to 24-8.
Panesar (2-8) was then brought into the attack and dismissed tailenders Mohammed Ali and Tom Redman in a 21-ball spell as Orsett were all out for 42 in the 21st over.
Hornchurch begin the new Premier Division season with a trip to Shenfield, who eased to a nine-wicket win at Division Three outfit Woodford Green.
Essex staffer Aaron Beard (4-21) was the pick of the bowling as Green were shot out for 104, with James Salisbury hitting an unbeaten 88 as Shenfield raced to their target in 17 overs.
Old Brentwoods booked their place in the next round with a six-wicket win over Walthamstow.
Surjeet Ubhi (5-41) and Mo Amin (4-48) combined to good effect as Stow were dimissed for 195 from the last ball of their 50 overs.
Brentwoods lost Haroon Zakira cheaply in reply, but Ramesh Gunalan (86) hit three sixes and 11 fours in a 70-ball knock and put on 130 for the second wicket with captain Baber Choudhary, who hit two sixes and four fours in his unbeaten on 75 from 101 deliveries to see his side home.