Cricket returns: Hornchurch beat Shenfield in 2nd XI clash
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 July 2020 | UPDATED: 11:49 13 July 2020
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Hornchurch got the better of Shenfield in a 2nd XI fixture at Harrow Lodge Park as the 2020 recreational cricket season got underway on Saturday.
Having season the campaign delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, clubs across the borough and county took the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs, while maintaining social distancing, ahead of a nine-week Shepherd Neame Essex League season starting on July 18.
Players from both sides observed a minutes silence and applause for Hornchurch members Ian Ede and John Moody, who have both passed away.
Ede was the first Hornchurch player to score a century at Harrow Lodge Park when hitting an unbeaten 104 against Ekco on September 13, 1963, while Moody was captain of the under-16 Matchplay side last season.
Lee Bones (22) and captain Mark James put on 45 for the first wicket, before Ollie Castell made the breakthrough for the visitors.
And James added another 71 for the second wicket with George Barnacle, hitting seven fours before retiring out on 60.
Barnacle was run out six short of his own half-century, but Pierre Forde struck three sixes in a cameo 35 as Hornchurch closed their 30 overs on 191-6.
Castell fell to Farooq in reply, but Hickey (37) put on 62 for the second Shenfield wicket with opener Massey before he was bowled by Roberts.
Forde and Connor Hartwell got in on the act to leave Shenfield 110-4 but they reduced their target to 37 off the last three overs, before Bones (2-4) struck twice in quick succession to end Massey’s innings on 83.
George Green also grabbed a wicket for Hornchurch as the visitors closed on 164-7.
Honours finished even between the two clubs after a pair of T20 matches at Shenfield.
Ronnie Saunders smashed 40 off just 15 balls, with three sixes and five fours as Hornchurch were dismissed for 138 in 17.3 overs.
Newcomer Shane Barwick added 32 off 10 balls, with three sixes and two fours, while the returning Roy Smith was dismissed for 13 as Tom Ballington (5-39) took the bowling plaudits for Shenfield.
George Ballington then struck five sixes and eight fours in an unbeaten 87 off 65 deliveries, putting on 88 with opening partner Ollie Ekers (35) and securing an eight-wicket win with two balls to spare.
Joe Defreitas (2-23) took both Shenfield wickets to fall.
Ballington fell to Billy Gordon for a second-ball duck in the second match as Chris Sains (27) and Jack Kliber (21) top scored in Shenfield’s 113-8.
Gordon (2-12), Jas Bassan (2-13) and Jermaine Shillingford (2-48) nabbed braces for Hornchurch, who won by five wickets with six overs to spare.Jamie Sorrell hit three sixes and seven fours in his 47-ball 59 and Merv Westfield added 34 off 24 balls, with a six and six fours.
Tom Austin took 4-42 for Shenfield.
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