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Hornchurch Athletic suffer bad start to season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 May 2017

Hornchurch Athletic face the camera at their Mid-Essex League fixture at Great Totham

Hornchurch Athletic face the camera at their Mid-Essex League fixture at Great Totham

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Three defeats for Hylands Park outfit

Hornchurch Athletic suffered a disappointing start to the new Mid-Essex League season with three defeats.

The first team lost captain Ross Raftery to a run out in the second over at picturesque Great Totham, with opening partner Chris Humphries following soon after.

Dave Walters (20) and Sam Samarasekera (30) made starts, but wickets continued to fall and it needed some late hitting from James Coote (31) to lift the visitors to 135.

Totham’s batsmen found the short boundaries more easily as they raced to a nine-wicket win in just 18 overs in Division One.

The seconds went down by 71 runs against Navestock in Division Five, while the thirds saw their game with Goresbrook fourths fall victim to a mix-up at Raphael Park.

The fourths were dismissed for 104 by Bentley, for whom Callum Smith (4-20) and dad Martin (3-14) combined to good effect, before Sean Darby (25 not out) and Brian Pagett (23) helped secure a five-wicket win.

Keith Duncan took 3-29 for beaten Athletic.

Bentley’s first team fell to a 38-run defeat against Old Chelmsfordians in the Premier Division, after seeing the visitors pile up 297-5.

Steve Flack (2-31) bowled well for the defending champions, but Tom Mann (50) and debutant Chris Walker (48) were the only Bentley batsmen to make an imapct as they were dismissed for 259.

Oliver Beaney (3-48) and Luke Wilding (3-54) were the pick of the second-team bowling as Little Waltham made 252-9 in Division Two.

But Wilding (28 not out) and Tom Stimpson (27 not out) top scored as Bentley could only muster 164-7 in reply.

The thirds collapsed to 140 all out against Danbury in Division Six, as only Charlie Yorke (40) impressed, and fell to a nine-wicket defeat.

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