Gordon: Hornchurch relishing prospect of another potentially pivotal weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 August 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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After entertaining Chelmsford on Saturday, Hornchurch will host Brentwood a day later in the League Cup semi-finals

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon is aware of the challenges coming up this weekend, but is confident his improving team can continue their excellent recent form.

The first task for the Harrow Lodge Park club is a home fixture in the Essex League Premier Division against champions Chelmsford tomorrow (Saturday, 11am start).

A day later, Hornchurch will host local rivals Brentwood in the last-four of the League Cup looking to remain on course for a treble.

Both fixtures will be difficult, but the captain is hopeful his side will be able to celebrate reaching yet another final on Sunday and still be top of the table come the end of another tough weekend too.

“Chelmsford are a very good side and have improved a lot over the last few weeks,” Gordon said, in reference to Hornchurch’s upcoming opponents.

“We know we need to be at the top of our game to win against them and hopefully we can do that and then the results elsewhere can go our way too because Wanstead face Brentwood this weekend, so let’s see what happens.”

If Hornchurch manage to see off Chelmsford, they could increase their lead at the top of the table, but the league format changes now and goes back to timed-cricket instead of 50-over matches.

Captain Gordon doesn’t believe it will make much of a difference for his team with several all-rounders in their starting XI plus numerous excellent batsmen and bowlers.

He added: “We should be fine with the change of format. We have a lot of bowlers anyway and now we can bowl them for more than the allotted 10 overs.

“It obviously works the other way for the opposition too, but I don’t see us having any problems with the longer game.”

Hornchurch finished off the run of nine 50-over matches with an impressive six-wicket victory at home to Chingford, who were third going into the clash.

After calling correctly at the toss, Gordon decided to put the visitors into bat first at Harrow Lodge Park and saw them dismissed for 146.

The captain picked up 4-35 and was backed up by Monty Panesar (3-29), Marc Whitlock (2-18) before Ronnie Saunders once again shone with the bat.

Hornchurch’s opener smashed 79 off 53 balls to score his third half-century of the season as the hosts got home in the 21st over.

It ensured everyone at the Harrow Lodge Park club could continue dreaming of adding to the Essex T20 Cup they won earlier this year.

Gordon added: “Doing the treble would be lovely! We faced Brentwood a couple of weeks ago and we managed to beat them, so hopefully we can do the same again on Sunday in the League Cup.

“We know it will be a tough game and we will have to play well to win, but it would be brilliant to reach another final, so fingers crossed we can perform to our best and do it.”

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