Cricket: Hornchurch beat Brentwood to keep hold on top spot

PUBLISHED: 19:38 04 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:38 04 August 2018

Muhammad Irfan of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Muhammad Irfan of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division with a derby win at Brentwood.

Captain Billy Gordon chose to bat first after winning the toss and saw Jamie Sorrell and Ronnie Saunders (31) put on 45 for the first wicket before Tom Oakley made the breakthrough for Brentwood.

Charlie Griffiths struck soon after to leave the visitors 59-2, but Muhammad Irfan dominated a 57-run stand with Gordon, hitting two sixes and two fours to reach 42 off 40 balls before falling to Ian Belchamber.

Michael Bones was trapped lbw by home skipper Aaron West, having offered further support to Gordon, who went on to reach 54 before falling to Griffiths (2-26) with the total on 210.

Zeeshan Khan finished unbeaten on 48, from 47 balls, after hitting six fours as Hornchurch closed on 239-5 and took a catch off the bowling of Gordon to get rid of Harry Hobson early in Brentwood’s reply.

Guy Balmford was trapped lbw by Monty Panesar, before Irfan claimed the wickets of Will Buttleman (21) and Oakley in the space of four balls to leave the hosts 44-4.

West and Joe Buttleman steadied the ship with a 57-run stand, with the latter hitting three sixes and two fours before falling to Saunders.

Panesar (2-27) picked up a second scalp, before Khan (2-23) ended West’s innings on 37 and sent Griffiths packing for a duck.

Irfan (4-17) claimed the final two wickets to fall as Brentwood slumped from 140-5 to 148 all out and Hornchurch kept their noses in front of Wanstead at the summit.

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