Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon enjoying extra responsibility at Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:05 25 May 2017
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All-rounder is captaining Harrow Lodge Park club in cup games this season and is pleased with how it has gone so far
Billy Gordon has enjoyed captaining Hornchurch in cup matches this season and feels it is putting a healthy amount of pressure on his own game.
The all-rounder was skipper again for Sunday’s South West Group B Essex T20 Cup fixture at Harlow.
Hornchurch claimed another win after also triumphing in the National Cup over north London club Southgate earlier this month.
“I have loved the captaincy so far and I like to take on extra responsibility,” said the former Upminster player.
“It has put a bit more pressure on me, but I am enjoying it. Hopefully it can improve my game and if the team keeps on winning then it is all good.”
The captaincy does bring some problems, however, and Gordon revealed he spent a lot of time trying to put out a good team at Harlow.
Hornchurch weren’t at their strongest at Marigolds, but were still able to claim a comprehensive nine wicket victory.
“We did struggle to get a few players in to be honest. A couple dropped out the night before the game,” said Gordon.
“I was up all night and early in the morning calling people. Luckily we got enough out and the win, so it was all good in the end.”
Chamikara Mudalige starred for Hornchurch with the ball and claimed 5-10 from his four overs on a sunny afternoon.
Mark James, Marc Whitlock and Ronnie Saunders all picked up a solitary wicket too, as Harlow were restricted to 122-8.
Gordon added: “I think ‘Chami’ is struggling a bit with injury, but on Sunday he was on point and they couldn’t get him away, as his figures showed.”
Hornchurch’s reply started poorly, though, as Saunders was dismissed for just two, but it was only a brief scare.
Fellow opener Michael Bones crunched 44 not out and Gordon smashed an unbeaten 67 to get his team over the line.
Bones finished the game with a maximum, one of several sixes to go into the bowls court situated next to Marigolds.
“I think the bowls players were getting the hump because they stopped chucking the ball back in the end,” joked Gordon.
The half century for Hornchurch’s vice-captain on Saturday’s also continued his fine start to 2017 with both bat and ball.
Gordon smashed 124 against Old Southendian & Southchurch last month and struck 62 at home to Southgate two weeks ago.
His 67 on Sunday takes him up to 287 runs for the season from six innings and he has claimed 13 wickets as well, including eight against Colchester on Saturday.
“I feel in good nick, but as long as the team keeps winning I don’t mind who does what, but it is nice to contribute,” said Gordon.