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Gordon pleased with Hornchurch after latest league success

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 July 2018

Muhammad Irfan is congratulated by Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Muhammad Irfan is congratulated by Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch moved up to third in the table with a four-wicket victory at home to Billericay

Billy Gordon praised his Hornchurch team after securing another victory in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday with a comfortable win at home to Billericay.

The visitors were in trouble from the start of their battings innings as they were quickly reduced to 14-4.

Although Billericay recovered with Andy Smith (49) and Nathan Khelawon (30) staging a fightback, good bowling displays by Gordon (2-18), Mehad Khan (3-25) and Muhammad Irfan (3-22) ensured Hornchurch only needed 155 to win.

It wasn’t enough to stop the in-form hosts’ as Jamie Sorrell top scored with 50 and they made it home with four wickets in hand and 15.2 overs spare.

Gordon said: “The scorecard made it look closer than it actually was, but it was comfortable really.

“The batsmen were just trying to finish the game quickly, but it was another really good win and performance.”

Khan continued his excellent campaign with three more wickets and earned praise from skipper Gordon.

Meanwhile overseas Irfan continues to show his quality with both bat and ball for Hornchurch in all competitions.

“Billericay won the toss and had a bat first, but we bowled brilliantly at the top and had them 14-4,” said Gordon.

“It was always an uphill battle from there. They had a good partnership at the end and it got them up to 150, but we were excellent.

“Mehad was bowling little cutters which did a lot of the damage. He has bowled well all season and was fantastic again on Saturday.”

Chasing just over 150 to win, Hornchurch only needed one batsman to really get set and Sorrell put his hand up.

The opener passed fifty for the second time this season to continue his good campaign where he has also registered notables score of 48 and 40 at home to both Hadleigh & Thundersley and Ilford earlier in the season.

Gordon added: “Jamie has batted alright throughout season to be honest and like me, he has been getting a lot of starts.

“I am just gutted he is away on holiday now for two weeks, but he did really well on Saturday and deserved his fifty.”

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