Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch captain Roy Smith pleased with Billy Gordon’s League Cup ton
PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 May 2017
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Skipper reflects on Paul Walter and Tom Moore leaving over winter and discusses new signings Zeeshan Khan and Mehad Khan
Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith was pleased to see Billy Gordon get plenty of runs during Saturday’s Essex League Cup triumph over Old Southendians.
The talented all-rounder smashed 124 off 111 balls to help the Harrow Lodge club post 349-5 for their 50 overs.
Gordon had registered two low scores in friendly fixture with Fives & Heronians and Bexley last month, but when it counted, he delivered.
“It was a good way to start the season and I was pleased to win the toss because it is always nice to bat first in the cup,” said Smith.
“Billy got a couple of lows scores in our friendly games, so it was great to see him get some runs when it mattered in the cup.”
Hornchurch dismissed Old Southendians for 79 to claim a comprehensive victory by 270 runs.
New signing Mehad Khan (3-19) was amongst the wickets after namesake and fellow recent recruit Zeeshan Khan had struck 64 for the hosts.
Smith is pleased with how both players have settled in after seeing Paul Walker and Tom Moore depart over the winter.
He added: “Mehad has played a bit for Wanstead and been at Bexley, so he is a new addition for us and will open the bowling.
“Zeeshan is a youngster in the Essex Academy and he is a nice lad and brings some energy to our side.
“Obviously it was a shame to lose two big names in Walter and Moore, but it is good to have people at the opposite end of the scale.
“We have brought in two lads who have something to prove, so we are looking forward to seeing how they get on.”
Zeeshan Khan’s first two innings for Hornchurch have demonstrated his obvious ability, but the challenge will be to now take it into the league campaign.
The former Newham College student scored an impressive 111 not out against Fives on April 22 before adding 64 in the cup last Saturday.
And the pedigree of the Essex talent means he could be one to watch during 2017 in the Premier Division, which starts on May 13.
Smith said: “Zeeshan is technically very good and got a hundred in a friendly with Fives and then fifty on Saturday.
“He only got out because he was looking to push the score on, so has started really well for us this season.”