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Cricket: Hornchurch beat Billericay to climb to third

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 July 2018

Marc Whitlock and Michael Bones of Hornchurch look on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Marc Whitlock and Michael Bones of Hornchurch look on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch eased to a four-wicket win over Billericay at Harrow Lodge Park to move up to third in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division table.

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Visiting captain Lee Knight chose to bat after winning the toss, but saw his top order blown away by opposite number Billy Gordon and new-ball partner Mehad Khan.

Khan claimed three wickets as Billericay slumped to 14-4, with Gordon (2-18) nabbing his second when dismissing Saurav Prabhakaer to make it 46-5.

Muhammad Irfan got in on the act soon after to end Ross Poulton’s stay, but Billericay recovered somewhat thanks to a 76-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Nathan Khelawon (30) gave Andy Smith support before falling to Marc Whitlock, with Irfan ending Smith’s innings one short of a fifty.

Khan (3-25) ran out Adam Marchant, before Irfan (3-22) ended the innings on 154 in the 49th over.

Following an extended tea break to watch England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, Hornchurch saw Gordon (24) put on 43 with Jamie Sorrell.

Michael Bones (25) also chipped in, with Sorrell going on to reach 50 off 82 balls.

Darren Ironside (3-34) and Poulton (2-39) instigated a brief wobble, but Irfan clubbed two sixes and a four in a quickfire 17 and Chris Sains saw the hosts to their target in the 35th over.

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