First loss for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 08:55 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 01 June 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Upminster taste T20 defeat

Hornchurch tasted defeat for the first time this season as they bowed out of the ECB National Club Championship against Brentwood yesterday.

Roy Smith’s men went into the tie on the back of an Essex League Division One derby win over Upminster on Saturday and decided to bat after winning the toss.

But the early part of their innings was disrupted by rain and they were soon in trouble at 23-3 as Joe Buttleman had success with the new ball.

Ronnie Saunders became Buttleman’s fourth victim, with the score on 39, before Paul Walter and Smith staged a recovery for the hosts.

The pair batted together for 20 overs, lifting the total to 116 before Smith fell for 38.

Walter followed soon after, having hit 39, and Max Osborne was the only remaining batsman to reach double figures as Hornchurch were dismissed for 156 in the 41st over.

Buttleman (4-27) and Charlie Griffiths (4-27) shared the bowling honours for the visitors, who saw Tom Oakley hit five fours in a quick 29 in reply.

Aaron West added a six and five fours in his 34 from just 24 balls, as Tom Phillippe held firm at the other end.

Billy Gordon finished with 3-22, while Chamikara Mudalge (2-48) nabbed a brace, but Phillippe’s unbeaten 55 piloted Brentwood to a fourth-wicket win in the 31st over.

Hornchurch will look to get back to winning ways when they visit Ilford in the Dukes Essex T20 on Thursday (5.45pm).

Neighbours Upminster came up short in that competition at Premier Division side South Woodford.

Nick O’Dell struck early with the ball to dismiss Max Shirt, but Harry Neicho hit three sixes and five fours in a rapid half-century, scoring 53 off 34 balls.

James Swash cleared the rope three times to finish unbeaten on 49 from 33 deliveries, as the home side closed on 174-6.

Will Chuter (2-30) and Nicky Ison (2-44) nabbed braces for Upminster, who lost openers Matt Tigg and Farid Butt cheaply in reply to find themselves 19-2.

James Evans and Frank Hazel put on 112 for the third wicket, though, to raise hopes of victory before a late wobble allowed Woodford to clinch a nine-run win.

Evans hit five sixes and seven fours in his 76 from just 42 balls, while hazel added 41 off 36, hitting two sixes and three fours.

But Krishan Vadher made the breakthrough to dismiss Evans, with Shirt sending Hazel back to the pavilion soon after.

And Upminster captain John Curtis also succumbed in the chase for quick runs ate on as the visitors closed on 165-5.

Upminster host Hutton in their next T20 match on Thursday (6pm).

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