Essex League Premier Division: Roy Smith disappointed with Hornchurch’s Essex League Cup defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 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 failed to get enough runs at Colchester and then didn’t bowl well enough at death

Roy Smith conceded Hornchurch didn’t bat or bowl well enough to beat Colchester in the second round of the Essex League Cup on Saturday.

The Harrow Lodge Park club could only score 218 before being dismissed in the 47th over at Castle Park.

Colchester were struggling in reply and at one point were reduced to 133-6, but got over the line with four balls to spare.

“I was really disappointed with Saturday. It was a game we should have won and it might have looked close on paper, but we got into a position to win it and couldn’t finish it off,” said Smith.

“Taqi (Abbas) and Marc Whitlock bowled superbly, but not enough of the other guys backed them up and we didn’t bat well enough either.

“It was a 250 pitch and we could have even got up to 280 if we had left ourselves wickets in hand for the final 10 overs, but we didn’t and it proved costly.”

South African Brian Barnard top scored for Hornchurch with 61 off 49 balls, which included five sixes, but nobody else passed fifty.

Captain Smith hit 47 and in the end, a vital 39 from number nine Chamikara Mudalige enabled the visitors to post a competitive total.

“Our overseas looked different class and got up to 60, but then gave his wicket away which was disappointing,” said Smith.

“He should have gone on and won us the game by getting a 120 or even a 150 the way he was going, but he smacked one up in the air after hitting a six the ball before.

“We didn’t get anywhere near enough runs and it was ‘Chami’ who made us get up to a competitive score with his 39, so without that we would have been really struggling.

“Colchester is the best wicket you will play on all year and especially at this time in May, so we let ourselves down.”

One of the few positives for Hornchurch was the performance of Abbas, who returned to the club during the winter.

The leg spinner spent last season with Loughton, but is back and produced 3-33 from his 10 overs on Saturday.

Marc Whitlock’s 1-20 from his alloted overs also caught the eye, yet Hornchurch couldn’t get restrict the flow of runs enough.

Smith added: “The guys didn’t bowl too bad and it was nearly enough in the end, but it was really disappointing to lose.

“It is lovely to have Taqi back with us, though, and he is a real team player and also a great person.

“We missed him last year and you rarely see him bowl a bad ball and he was excellent on Saturday.”

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