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Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch more confident ahead of Chelmsford battle says captain Roy Smith

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 May 2017

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith issues instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith issues instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Harrow Lodge Park club buoyant after two wins last weekend and excited about clash at Chelmer Park on Saturday

Roy Smith is looking forward to seeing his Hornchurch team take on Chelmsford in the Essex League Premier Division this weekend.

The Harrow Lodge Park club visit Chelmer Park with confidence after putting together a run of three consecutive victories recently.

Hornchurch claimed a dramatic win over Colchester last weekend to get off the mark in this year’s Premier Division, but know they face a tricky battle with the early leaders tomorrow (Saturday).

Smith said: “At the time it didn’t look like we would win, so when it actually happened it felt even more special.

“It is good to get the first league victory of the season and takes us nicely into a ‘toughy’ against Chelmsford, but we are looking forward to it.”

The good weather which has been felt all over Essex over the past few days could make the game even more entertaining.

The early part of the season has seen a lot of low-scoring matches and especially last Saturday with various wickets affected by the downpour of rain.

Smith hopes the sunshine can make this weekend’s game good on the eye and is pleased to have some players back.

He said: “The way the weather has been in the early part of the season and the conditions we have had because of that have made the matches very tight.

“But we have had good weather this week, so a drier wicket should lead to a few better contests, but we know Saturday is going to be difficult.

“Chelmsford are always good, but we have a few players back, so we’ll be stronger too.”

Hornchurch are buoyant after a couple of good results recently, including Saturday’s victory at home to Colchester.

Jamie Sorrell hit 50 at the top of the order, as Smith’s team reached 200-8 from 64 overs on a tricky pitch.

Billy Gordon was then inspired with the ball and claimed 8-43 from 21 overs to help bowl out Colchester for 150 with eight balls left at Harrow Lodge.

Gordon then took that form into Sunday, as Hornchurch won by nine wickets at Harlow in South West Group B of the Essex T20 Cup at Marigolds.

The all-rounder smashed 67 not out with Michael Bones hitting an unbeaten 44 to see them over the line after Chamikara Mudalige’s 5-10 restricted Harlow to 122-8.

It was Hornchurch’s third consecutive victory and all the more improve because they didn’t have their strongest XI out.

Smith added: “When you have the Saturday all-day stuff, unfortunately not a lot of people can do the Sunday as well.

“The Harlow game was all about a club effort and getting players in to fill the side out and we had enough depth to win the game.”

Hornchurch’s next match in South West Group B is on Monday when they host local rivals Gidea Park & Romford.

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