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Essex League Premier Division: Billy Gordon delighted with debut outing of Hornchurch's overseas bowler Muhammad Irfan

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 June 2018

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon retrieves the ball at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon retrieves the ball at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The Harrow Lodge Park club needed their overseas bowler to help them salvage a draw after a thrilling contest with Chingford

Billy Gordon praised Hornchurch’s overseas bowler Muhammad Irfan after an excellent debut appearance away to Chingford in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

The hosts looked on course for victory heading into the final over, but the Pakistani bowler picked up a wicket and ensured the match finished as a draw.

After scoring 259-9 with the bat, Hornchurch struggled initially with the ball and it seemed Chingford would win with Peter McDermott unbeaten on 82, but Irfan stopped them from scoring six runs in the last over and claimed 3-58.

Gordon said: “At the end it looked like they were going to win it, but our overseas Irfan bowled really well in the final over and saved us the match. It was a proper game of cricket.

“They didn’t really give away many chances at the start, they batted well, and we probably didn’t bowl as well as we have done.

“But the overseas was brilliant and he saved us the game - it was a really good game of cricket in the end.”

Chingford won the toss and put Hornchurch into bat first, which seemed a wise choice when the visitors were reduced to 37-2.

Jamie Sorrell and Gordon stuck around to put on 91 for the third wicket before the former went for 61.

Hornchurch’s captain dug in while Roy Smith and Irfan came and went quickly before he was out for 54.

Zeeshan Khan and Michael Bones put a partnership together for the seventh wicket before the latter let fly late on and ended up with an unbeaten 65 from 62 balls.

It helped Hornchurch post 259-9 from their 64 overs, Gordon added: “It was probably the best cricket wicket I’ve played on all season.

“Early on it was quite green and it was doing a lot for the bowlers, but if you saw off the new ball you could get some runs.

“Jamie batted brilliantly at the top of the order and it was nice to get some runs myself – it had been a while!

“Then ‘Bonesy’ came in at the end and batted superbly to get us up to a score we were quite happy with.”

Hornchurch’s total proved too many for Chingford, but after only claiming seven wickets in reply they had to settle for a draw, which places them joint-fourth in the table after five games with 70 points to their name.

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