Gordon: We knew we could win it, but I thought top four was more realistic!
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 September 2018
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The Harrow Lodge Park club are eager to make this memorable campaign the start of a dynasty
Billy Gordon conceded he could not have wished for a better first season as Hornchurch captain and admitted the initial aim was a top-four finish in the Essex League Premier Division.
After taking over from Roy Smith, the all-rounder had hoped to build on the fifth-place berth they secured in 2017.
But it all went fantastically for Gordon and the team as not only did they win the Essex League Cup and Essex T20 Cup, they also clinched the Premier Division title for the first time in club history to record an historic treble.
He said: “We knew we could win it, but realistically we wanted to be in the top four and then look to build on it in 2019 because we did miss out on a player or two.
“Andrew Kennedy, the Essex League chairman, told us this has never been done before, the treble, so we have to appreciate what we have achieved.”
For such a young man, Gordon has shown leadership skills way beyond his 26 years this season and truly led from the front.
He scored 843 runs in 31 innings in all competitions, ending with an average of 31.22, but he did a lot of damage with the ball too.
Gordon picked up 43 scalps, yet this has been a proper team effort from Hornchurch.
All trophies mean a great deal, but the Premier Division title is what the Harrow Lodge Park club have been striving for in recent years and now they’ve got it.
“The league is the special one,” Gordon said. “Wanstead away (June 30) was big and it was a great knock by Bhajandip (Purewal) to help us across the line with 36 not out alongside Zeeshan Khan (13 not out).
“All year it has been a team effort and it seems like we have shared both runs and wickets and it has been fantastic. Hopefully we can build on this for seasons to come and it is not just a one-off.
“Obviously you’re not going to do the treble every year, but if we can be up there consistently that is what matters and making the club a force to be reckoned with.”
After such a special campaign, you could forgive the captain for taking a moment to ponder if he should carry on – can it get any better than this?
Well if Hornchurch can kick on and improve, Gordon will make sure they do. He said: “I definitely want to continue as captain.
“I’ve really enjoyed it and we have a great team morale. We have a really good bunch at the club and I’m looking forward to doing it for the next few years.”