Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch captain Roy Smith delighted with latest success

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2017

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Excellent batting and bowling performance helped away side claim victory at struggling Southend

Roy Smith believes Hornchurch look strong in all departments as they approach the business end of the Essex League Premier Division season.

Last weekend they scored over 300 away to Southend and dismissed the visitors for 217 to move up to fourth in the table.

It was a second successive victory for Hornchurch and confidence is high heading into the final three games of the campaign.

“We do look strong all over and when it does go to plan with the bat we have a lot of power in the middle and lower order,” said Smith.

“I was able to get a duck on Saturday and we still managed 305 declared and it was quite comfortable really.

“With Michael Bones at seven and Chris Sains at eight, we have a lot of batting ability down the order.”

Hornchurch’s batsmen had a lot of fun at Southchurch Park last weekend with Jamie Sorrell hitting 74.

Brian Barnard added a rapid 51 and Bones (45*) and Sains (67) enjoyed themselves at the end and put on 114 for the seventh wicket.

Smith was thrilled to see Sorrell hit his highest score of the season and for the opener to pass fifty for the first time since May 20.

He added: “If it isn’t working then sometimes you need to change it up and it can work for you or it might not, but it appears to have for us.

“Jamie batted at third and I don’t think he has ever done that before, but he batted unbelievably well for his 74.”

With plenty of runs on the board, it allowed Hornchurch to attack from the off and it paid off with Chamikara Mudalige taking 3-67 from his 17 overs.

It wasn’t a one-man show though, with Marc Whitlock (2-42), Billy Gordon (2-43) and Taqi Abbas (2-60) all playing their part.

Smith said: “Chami got a couple of early wickets with the new ball and Billy bowled very well for us too.

“In the longer format the opposition get around 60 overs, but it is hard to play against three or four slow bowlers like we have.

“With Marc you can always rely on him to bowl good lines and keep it tight and Taqi was unplayable on Saturday.

“He deserves a lot more and picking up the extra five points, which we did, has made it interesting for us now.”

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