Hornchurch Athletic hopes hit

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 August 2016

Hornchurch Athletic's Joe Turner (left) cannot believe his luck (pic: TGS Photo)

Hornchurch Athletic's Joe Turner (left) cannot believe his luck (pic: TGS Photo)

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Slender loss hurts promotion bid

Hornchurch Athletic’s Mid-Essex League Division Two promotion hopes suffered a massive blow with an agonising two-run defeat at Little Waltham.

The home side posted a challenging 235-9, with Sunil Ghaire (3-17) the pick of Athletic’s bowlers as Joe Turner (2-36) nabbed a brace.

But Athletic, who included three first-team debutants in an inexperienced side, made a bad start in reply as Chris Humphries and captain Ross Raftery fell cheaply.

James Coote and Sushant Kabir played their best innings of the season, though, to put them right back in the hunt, with Coote falling five runs short of a half-century.

Kabir went on to reach 56, but the run rate was increasing all the time and Joe Turner’s aggressive unbeaten 46 was not enough as they came up agonisingly short.

Athletic now need to win their remaining three games and rely on others losing if they are going to make the top two and host bottom club Rayleigh Fairview tomorrow (Saturday).

The seconds beat Navestock Ardleigh Green in a Division Six derby at Hylands Park, but Athletic’s two other teams were understrength and suffered heavy defeats.

The thirds slumped to a big loss against new Division Nine leaders St Andrews, while the fourths remain bottom of Division 11 after being skittled for 38 in reply to Galleywood’s 223-5, in which Suresh Kumar (2-38) bagged a brace.

But there was great news for the under-16s as they beat Gidea Park & Romford in their Essex Matchplay derby.

Park reached 189-9 from their 40 overs, but Tyler Marks hit an excellent unbeaten 75 in reply for Athletic, with Troubridge (41), Connor Madams (34) and Isaac Bastin also chipping in to help seal a seven-wicket win.

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