Essex League Premier Division: Roy Smith disappointed with Hornchurch’s defeat at local rivals Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 September 2017

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Guy Balmford and Rishi Patel smashed centuries for the hosts to earn an emphatic victory at the Old County Ground

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admitted Brentwood taught his team a lesson during their Essex League Premier Division match on Saturday.

The hosts smashed 363-3 from 52 overs before declaring with Guy Balmford 162 not out and fellow opener Rishi Patel crunching 117.

Smith’s men looked to dig in and reassess at the halfway point, but were eventually all out for 226 with around 15 overs left to play

He said: “Guy and Rishi both batted very well and hardly gave us a chance except for a couple of edges. I think they gave us a lesson in how to bat on a good, hard and bouncy wicket.

“Bowlers are used to bowling on slow and low wickets and they can get away with bad balls on them surfaces, but when you go to Brentwood it is different.

“They have a very good wicket and you can only bowl in a certain area and we weren’t good enough to do that.”

The Hornchurch captain admitted the Old County Ground surface was quite tricky to start with, but once you got through that you could play your shots.

He was disappointed not enough of his players could kick on like Balmford and Patel did, but praised their batting.

“We would have had to bat 69 overs to get the draw because they declared early, so we weren’t really close,” said Smith.

“Unfortunately we just didn’t turn up and we were well below par, but give credit to Brentwood because they batted extremely well.

“It was a good wicket too, but there was a little bit of water on it and the two openers had to ride through a tough first period. Once they did they just went like a train and we couldn’t stopp the flow of runs.”

With Hornchurch needing to chase 364 to win and keep alive their hopes of a third-place finish, they lost opener Jamie Sorrell to a golden duck.

Ronnie Saunders (55) and Michael Bones (45) helped rebuild, but another flurry of wickets saw the visitors eventually dismissed in the 54th over of their innings.

Smith added: “It was the worst possible start losing Jamie and we set our stall out to bat time and see where we were at the halfway point.

“Chasing it down did seem a possibly when we got to that stage, but we needed someone to go on and get a big hundred and nobody could do.”

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