Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch captain Roy Smith disappointed with Shenfield and Upminster defeats

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 July 2017

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) with cup captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) with cup captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harrow Lodge Park club failed to perform to their best in two games against rivals in different Essex League competitions

Roy Smith was left frustrated with Hornchurch’s performances in the Essex League Premier Division and Essex T20 Cup last weekend.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit suffered a seven-wicket loss at home to local rivals Shenfield on Saturday.

And the following day Upminster defeated them by 44 runs in the semi-finals of the Essex T20 Cup at Billericay’s Toby Howe ground.

Smith conceded Hornchurch struggled with all facets of their game in the Premier Division encounter with Shenfield.

He said: “It has been a frustrating weekend. We were well below-par on Saturday and almost dreadful to be honest.

“We dropped catches, we were lethargic and we didn’t bat very well or bowl well either even though we got back in the game.

“We thought we had a chance, but dropped some important catches and it is costing us at the moment.”

Jack Plom did most of the damage on Saturday, as he claimed 4-31 from his 9.4 overs to dismiss Hornchurch for 161.

Shenfield got home with plenty of wickets to spare with Jamie Walton (55) and Ollie Ekers (50*) impressing.

Hornchurch were hoping for a stronger showing the following day when they faced old foes Upminster in the last four of the Essex T20 Cup.

But Alan Ison had other ideas, smashing 75 not out with Shahbaz Butt hitting 50, as Matt Tigg’s team scored 189-3 from their 20 overs.

Ronnie Saunders passed fifty for Hornchurch in reply, but they finished on 145-7 to suffer a 44-run defeat.

“Alan is such a good player and when he gets in that position there is probably nobody better in the whole league at that,” admitted Smith.

“We thought we had him run-out, but it wasn’t given and it did change the game because we would have been chasing around 160 or even 150 if he had gone.

“The opposition’s thinking would have changed then, so it would have been a different contest and we would have approached it differently batting-wise.

“It wasn’t to be and Upminster played well, so fair play to them. We didn’t bowl as well as we could and in T20 these things can happen because it is such a quick game. Let’s hope we can learn from this and try and do better next time.”

Smith is striking for better consistency from his team with Hornchurch’s form in July up and down.

They started the month with a home defeat to Brentwood before bouncing back to defeat Shenfield in the T20 Cup quarter-finals and then see off Upminster in the Premier Division.

But they have followed up those results with a loss to Shenfield and a semi-final defeat at the hands of Upminster.

Ahead of travelling to Castle Park on Saturday, Smith wants to see his batters get some big runs.

He added: “We definitely want more consistency. We go to Colchester this weekend and that is another good wicket.

“There are no excuses for that one and they are not doing too well, so hopefully we can get a victory.”

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