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Gordon urges new Premier Division leaders Hornchurch to keep calm and carry on!

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 July 2018

Billy Gordon and Muhammad Irfan celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Billy Gordon and Muhammad Irfan celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Harrow Lodge Park club face Southend-on-Sea on Saturday and then compete in the Vitality Club T20 competition on Sunday

Hornchurch are getting ready for another big weekend, but captain Billy Gordon insists the squad are loving the different challenges they are coming up against.

The new Essex League Premier Division leaders will look to keep hold of first spot by winning at home to bottom club Southend-on-Sea tomorrow (Saturday).

And then on Sunday, Gordon will take a squad to Potters Bar to play in the last-32 of the Vitality Club T20 competition.

Hornchurch will do battle with Swardeston and if they win the tie, they will take on one of Potters Bar or Osterley later in the day for a quarter-final place in the National event.

But first up is a fixture against Southend, Gordon said: “We are at home and we want to keep this winning streak going.

“We want to try and put pressure on the others around us, so if we can win again you never know what could happen.

“It could be another situation like we had last weekend where results go our way and that way we could open up a gap, but if they don’t, we just need to keep doing what we are doing.”

Hornchurch triumphed by 178 runs at Hadleigh & Thundersley last Saturday and then found out previous leaders Wanstead had lost at Billericay.

It meant Gordon’s men moved into first spot, but the captain is sure it will not have a negative impact on the squad.

He added: “Being top seems to have given us more confidence and the boys seem to now be realising we are good enough to be up there.

“Earlier in the season even though we were doing well, I think our team were still a little bit worried about the other big clubs who are always up there.

“Now I feel the belief is there and people in our team believe we can actually go on and win the title if we carry on playing how we are.”

Hornchurch produced a fine overall display to win at John Burrows Park on Saturday with runs from Michael Bones (61), Gordon (57) and Muhammad Irfan (57) helping them post 298-6 from 50 overs.

In reply, Hadleigh were all out for 120 after overseas Irfan took 3-30 and Gordon claimed 3-11 at the start of the innings.

The following day Hornchurch won again, this time at Division One side Woodford Wells in the quarter-finals of the Essex League Cup after chasing down 121 with three wickets left.

Gordon’s men will be in action again this Sunday, the captain added: “If I am honest the main thing for us as a club was winning the Essex T20 competition.

“I do have a couple missing, but it will be a great experience to play against some quality players from other areas, so it will be good fun for the boys.”

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