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Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon warns Hornchurch not to take new boys Hadleigh & Thundersley lightly

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 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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The Harrow Lodge Park club will aim to secure their first Premier Division success of the 2018 season this weekend

Billy Gordon will not allow his Hornchurch team to take new boys Hadleigh & Thundersley lightly on Saturday in the Essex League Premier Division.

Most games in the top flight and below fell foul of the weather last weekend, but Hadleigh did have a result in their opener, though it was a defeat to Chingford.

Regardless, Gordon knows the talent of one of their batsmen and has warned his squad they must be at the top of the game to claim a victory at their Harrow Lodge Park home.

He said: “I don’t know too much about Hadleigh because I haven’t played against them for a good few years now.

“I know one of their players, Adam Soilleux. He’s very good. I played with him as we were both growing up in the Essex age groups, but the rest of the team I am not too familiar with.

“We just need to make sure we are switched on and don’t take them for granted and hopefully we can get a good win.”

If Hornchurch are to get off the mark in the Premier Division, they will most likely need to produce a good batting display.

Last weekend’s league opener at Shenfield finished as a draw with Gordon’s team 92-4 trying to chase down 215 after they had restricted the hosts to 214-7.

Hornchurch didn’t have the best of times with the bat a day later on Sunday in the National Club Championship at Finchley as they could only make 170-8 their from 40 overs in the second round clash.

The Middlesex County League Premier Division outfit chased it down with six wickets in hand, but Gordon’s confident his side will improve and backed one of their youngsters to impress.

He added: “Frankie Jacobs has come into the team this season and he played in the League Cup game with Orsett & Thurrock earlier this month and top scored, so he is a good player and will get another chance on Saturday.

“We have quite a deep batting line-up, so we should be strong enough in that department and the weather looks good, which is a plus.

“Hopefully we can get a decent score if we bat first and if we have to go in second, I’d like to think we can chase most scores.”

Gordon may well hand young spinner Ed Smith a chance at the weekend after he claimed 3-29 on Sunday.

“Ed is pushing. He bowled brilliantly against Finchley and I do want him in and around the team this year if he can stay fit,” said Hornchurch’s captain.

“We are not sure if our overseas will be here for Saturday, but if he doesn’t play, Ed will be straight in.

“Hopefully the overseas does come because it will give us more depth and he will obviously be a very good player, but Ed’s started really well and he will have loads of chances to play this season.”

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