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Essex League: Hornchurch see off Southend

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 May 2018

Monty Panesar of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Monty Panesar of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Four-wicket hauls for Monty Panesar and Marc Whitlock where followed by half-centuries from Frankie Jacobs and Ronnie Saunders as Hornchurch beat Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division rivals Southend.

Marc Whitlock in bowling action for Hornchurch at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Marc Whitlock in bowling action for Hornchurch at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The home side chose to bat after winning the toss, but Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon removed Oliver Wagstaff without scoring and Phil Gray was run out for a duck to leave them 1-2.

Panesar struck twice in quick succession as Southend slipped to 38-4, before a 104-run stand for the fifth wicket got the hosts back on track.

Former England Test spinner Panesar ended the defiant innings of Charlie Lockhart (42), before Whitlock got in on the act at the other end.

And Panesar finished with 4-60, while Whitlock (4-62) ended the innings on 203 in the 61st over, with Lewis Wright unbeaten on 95 for Southend.

Saunders dominated a 90-run opening stand with Jacobs, hitting two sixes and 10 fours on his way to 61 off 55 balls.

But Gordon fell to a first-ball duck, before Bhajandip Singh Purewal helped add 42 for the third wicket.

Former skipper Roy Smith (27) shared a 58-run stand with Jaocbs to take Hornchurch to the brink of a six-wicket win, with the young opener unbeaten on 78 at the close after hitting nine fours in a 145-ball innings.

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