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Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon impressed with patience of Hornchurch’s batsmen during Hadleigh & Thundersley victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:00 23 May 2018

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

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

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After setting 212 to win, Monty Panesar’s 6-22 helped the Harrow Lodge Park club triumph and he also provided a curry for his new team-mates

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

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon praised the efforts of his top order after a 134-run win over Hadleigh & Thundersley in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Harrow Lodge Park club won the toss and batted first on home soil, but found scoring tricky on a turning pitch.

Openers Jamie Sorrell (48) and Frankie Jacobs (18) put on 63 for the first wicker and number three Ronnie Saunders (66) and captain Gordon (52) picked up the baton after both were dismissed to leave Hornchurch 72-2.

In the end they made 211-7 from 64 overs after losing some wickets at the end, but it laid the foundations for a crushing victory with former England test bowler Monty Panesar’s 6-22 leaving Hadleigh in a spin to dismiss the visitors for 77.

Gordon said: “I was really pleased to put some partnerships together at the start after we batted first, so that was good.

“It was quite a slow wicket and was turning a bit as you can probably tell from Monty’s figures, but Jamie and Frankie put on a good partnership at the top.

“Ronnie and I built on this and put on around 90, so it put us in good stead for the rest of the innings and after it showed it wasn’t an easy wicket because once I got out, we lost wickets regularly.

“Our pitch is quite difficult and unless you get yourself in, you will struggle to score quickly on it, so we did well to put a score on the board.

“The energy we had in the field was brilliant and I bowled two overs and thought I might as well just get the spinners on straight away, so we got Monty on at my end and he did the business for us. He was brilliant.”

Although Panesar stole some of the plaudits with six wickets, Mehad Khan also took four-fer and conceded only 26 runs from 9.3 overs.

Hornchurch’s captain was also delighted to see all of the top-four stick around and is hoping it is the start of a good run of batting form for the team.

Gordon added: “In this long-format of the game, it is important to keep wickets in hand and try to build partnerships.

“We have loads of time to bat and it is about taking your time because in the first few weeks we lost wickets early and quite regularly, so it was good to see players stick it out on Saturday and hopefully it gives us confidence going forward.”

After doing the business with the bat, Hornchurch were indebted to Panesar with the ball, but it wasn’t the only impressive feat he produced at the club last weekend.

The 36-year-old will be taking part in Celebrity Masterchef 2018 later this year and showed his new team-mates his cooking skills at Harrow Lodge Park.

After revealing last weekend Panesar was bringing food for the game, Gordon said: “The curry was really good on Saturday.

“I was a bit disappointed it was vegetarian, but it was nice and will definitely stand him in good stead for Celebrity Masterchef!”

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