Hornchurch Athletic bowlers have a ball against Burnham

PUBLISHED: 17:36 31 May 2017

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Cricket ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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New-ball duo set up Mid-Essex League success

A superb display by Hornchurch Athletic’s bowling attack saw them to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Mid-Essex League Division One rivals Burnham at Hylands Park.

The new-ball pairing of Dillon Phillips (3-19) and James Coote (3-23) reduced the visitors to 57-7 and it was only a late rally that saw them reach 129, after Mike Wade (4-21) helped dismiss the lower order batsmen.

Athletic’s reply started badly as Chris Humphries was lbw without scoring, but captain Ross Raftery (68) and Sam Samarasekera (52 not out), saw them home.

The victory took Athletic up to fourth place in the table ahead of a trip to Tillingham on Saturday.

The seconds have lost all four games so far in Division Five but they were very unlucky to go down by two wickets at St John’s Billericay.

Ravi Gill (44) and Sam Blowers (52) saw Athletic make 191-7, but despite Lak Gill’s 3-16 haul St John’s edged home.

The thirds fell to a heavy defeat against Little Baddow seconds. who piled up 307-3 and then skittled Athletic for 84, with Steve Cheesman making 29.

But the fourths secured an excellent victory over Galleywood thirds, as Suresh Mistra (67) and Chris Jones (40) starred with the bat as they made 174-9.

Colt Nathan Duke (3-3) stole the show with the ball alongside Matt Willis (3-14) as Athletic won by 87 runs.

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