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Essex League Premier Division: Gr-eight Billy Gordon haul helps Hornchurch to Colchester win

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 May 2017

Billy Gordon is congratulated by Hornchurch team-mates (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Billy Gordon is congratulated by Hornchurch team-mates (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Roy Smith’s team earn first league success of the season with dramatic victory at Harrow Lodge Park

Mehad Khan in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Mehad Khan in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch claimed a first Essex League Premier Division win of the season with a dramatic victory over Colchester at Harrow Lodge Park.

Mehad Khan picked up two wickets in four balls to give Roy Smith’s team a 50-run success with just eight balls remaining.

Colchester had won the toss and made Hornchurch bat first on a tricky wicket, which offered little for batsman.

Brian Barnard (28), Billy Gordon (27) and Ronnie Saunders (31) all hit crucial scores, but only Jamie Sorrell was able to reach fifty and it was decisive.

Zeeshan Khan added some important runs down the order too, as he finished 23 not out to set Colchester 201 to win.

Gordon was inspired with the ball, though, as he ripped through the visitors’ line-up, although Jack Hebron stood firm.

Hornchurch’s vice-captain Gordon claimed figures of 8-43 from his 21 overs, but it seemed likely the contest would end a draw.

Hebron hit 68 and received support from number 10 Ollie Bocking (32*), yet Mehad Khan had the final say on proceedings.

The Hornchurch seam bowler had Hebron caught behind by Barnard and last man Ben Stephens was dismissed in identical fashion to give Hornchurch a thrilling victory, which earned them 25 points.

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