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Essex League Premier Division: Roy Smith hoping Hornchurch batters go big soon after Chelmsford loss

PUBLISHED: 16:30 31 May 2017

Roy Smith in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

Roy Smith in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

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Captain reflects on costly lack of runs at Chelmer Park on Saturday and start of the 2017 league campaign

Roy Smith feels Hornchurch’s batsmen need to be doing more after they lost by six wickets at Chelmsford on Saturday in the Essex League Premier Division.

Chris Sains top scored for the visitors with 40, but they could only make 211 before they were dismissed in the 51st over of the innings.

Hosts Chelmsford chased the total down for the loss of just four wickets to leave Smith reflecting on what might have been.

“The batters are letting us down a bit because the way the game was progressing on Saturday we should have got 250 or even 270 or 280,” said Hornchurch’s captain.

“Unfortunately we kept losing wickets and the guys, including myself, did the hard bit and got in, but nobody got a big score.

“Up to lunch we were scoring quickly, but we were also losing wickets and ‘Sainsy’ went just after and we were hoping he could get a big score.”

Billy Gordon (23), Brian Barnard (30) and Smith (29) all got in and failed to kick on at Chelmer Park.

In the end it was left to Chamikara Mudalige to help them reach a competitive total, as the spinner scored an unbeaten 37.

Smith added: “Both ‘Sainsy’ and ‘Chami’ batted superbly and Chami keeps getting important runs down the order.

“It made sure we got to a respectable total, but we were going at more than five an over at one stage.

“At least four of the top six gave their wicket away, but we know we need to address that and we all feel in decent nick, so hopefully we each get some big scores soon.”

Mehad Khan claimed two early wickets in Chelmsford’s reply, but Ben and James Clifford saw the hosts home.

It sees Hornchurch sit fifth after three league games this season with the two clubs to beat them in 2017 sitting first and second.

Smith admits both could remain near the top, though conceded it is early days for all the sides in the division.

“I think Chelmsford will definitely be up there, and they always are and Shenfield are very good at home,” he said.

“Shenfield know how to play their small ground well, so I see them staying in the top half, but it is early days.

“Wanstead and Brentwood have both lost two, so it is no dramas for us to be sitting halfway after three games.”

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