Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon frustrated after Hornchurch punished by Shenfield captain Jack Kliber in opening-day draw

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 May 2018

Billy Gordon of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Billy Gordon of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The Harrow Lodge Park club saw Saturday's game end as a stalemate before they bowed out of the National Club Championship on Sunday at Finchley

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon was left to reflect on dropped catches after Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division clash at Shenfield ended as a draw.

The hosts won the toss and batted first and declared on 214-7 after rain saw the match reduced to a 42-over plays 36-over game.

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber top scored with 108 at the top of the innings, but the next highest knock was from fellow opener Alan Jones (22) as Hornchurch fought back well.

Mehad Khan impressed again and claimed 4-45 while Gordon (1-87) and Monty Panesar (1-31) also chipped in with wickets.

“I thought we done alright with the conditions how they were,” said Hornchurch’s captain. “We bowled really tightly at the start, but dropped three catches in the slips.

“Two of them were Kliber and I think the first was when he was only on one and the second was when he was on 18 and obviously he went on to get a hundred, so that didn’t help!

“We dropped their other opener as well, but we did manage to get him out around 15 runs later, so that wasn’t too bad.

“Had we held onto those catches it could have been a completely different game, but to be fair to Kliber he batted really well after we dropped him and didn’t give another chance away.”

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

After Shenfield closed their innings on 214, it was Hornchurch’s turn to bat, but the rain made life difficult for them.

Jamie Sorrell (17) and Frankie Jacob (seven) struggled at the top of the order, but Ronnie Saunders (34) and Bhajandip Singh Purewal (24*) steadied the ship for the visitors and the away side were on 92-4 when the game finished as a draw.

Gordon said: “It pretty much raining throughout our whole innings in the field, so it wasn’t very nice and we started batting alright, but it got so dark it was tough.

“At the end of the day we’ll take the seven points and move onto this week and hopefully get off the mark on Saturday (against Hadleigh & Thundersley).

Hornchurch were also in National Club Championship action on Sunday, but bowed out of the competition following a six wicket defeat at Finchley.

The away side won the toss and batted first, but struggled and it took an unbeaten 33 from Mark James at number seven to help them post a competitive total of 170-8.

Former England bowler Panesar contributed with a vital 26 off 24 balls to give Hornchurch a fighting chance in the 40-over contest.

It wasn’t the case, however, as the Middlesex County League Premier Division outfit got to their target with six overs to spare despite young spinner Ed Smith taking 3-29.

“Everyone was a bit complacent on Sunday. We didn’t play well, especially with the bat, but if we had got an extra 50 runs I think we could have won,” said Gordon.

“We batted terribly, but we did have a few missing. We’ll be back to normal on Saturday, so hopefully we can improve.”

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