Essex Cricket League Premier Division: Billy Gordon eyeing cup success with Hornchurch after taking over captaincy in all formats

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 May 2018

Billy Gordon in batting action for Hornchurch during the 2017 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Billy Gordon in batting action for Hornchurch during the 2017 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The all-rounder will want his team to start the 2018 campaign with a victory on Saturday when they host Orsett & Thurrock in the League Cup

Billy Gordon is hopeful Hornchurch can remain on track for cup success by defeating Orsett & Thurrock in the first round of the Essex League Cup on Saturday.

The all-rounder, who is captaining the Harrow Lodge Park club in all formats this year, was left frustrated by the weather last weekend.

Hornchurch were set to entertain Orsett, but the rain saw the clash abandoned and rescheduled for this Saturday.

After already progressing into round two of the ECB National Club Championship, Gordon’s men will aim to secure more cup progress this weekend.

He said: “I like the cup games, especially the Conference Cup and the National one because you get to play at different grounds compared to normal.

“Every competition we play in we will do our best to win it and hopefully we can get off to a good start this weekend.”

Gordon’s mindset was similar ahead of last Saturday’s encounter with Orsett before the heavens opened up all over Essex.

He admitted you don’t expect games to be called off because of the rain at this stage of the season.

“It is a joke really,” laughed Gordon when discussing the weather. “We had the week before last where it was really sunny and I was thinking it was the start of summer already, but now we’ve got this!

“Saturday’s game was obviously called off because of the rain, but hopefully we can get it on this weekend.”

Hornchurch will be confident of starting their 2018 campaign strongly, after they were given a bye in the first round of the National Club Championship last month.

But Orsett have plenty of quality themselves and finished third in the Essex League Division One last season.

Gordon admitted: “It should be a good test. I don’t know too much about them, but I have heard they are a pretty good side.

“We have a few missing, but hopefully we’ll still be strong enough to beat them because it would be nice to get a good League Cup run going.”

After taking over first-team duties from Roy Smith during the winter, Gordon will aim to get a first competitive win of the season on Saturday.

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