Gordon happy to see Hornchurch come through tough Brentwood battle

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 August 2018

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After scoring 239-5 with the bat, the visitors dismissed the home side for 148 at the Old County Ground

Billy Gordon was pleased to see Hornchurch make the most of the better batting conditions during Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division win at Brentwood.

The derby encounter had a lot riding on it with the hosts knowing a victory would blow the title race wide open.

As it was, leaders Hornchurch held their nerve to triumph by 91 runs after scoring 239-5 with the bat and dismissing Brentwood for 148.

Captain Gordon said: “We won the toss again and I think batting was the right choice on that wicket because it was really dry and a bit dusty, so we thought it would only get worse in the second innings and it did.

“We kept wickets in hand and Ronnie Saunders (31) got off to a decent start and we moved (Muhammad) Irfan up to three because Brentwood open with spinners sometimes and he did well and got 42.

“He smashed it around and I put on a little partnership with him and I basically held the innings together and was knocking it around while everyone else was doing the hard work.

“I had the easy job and we kept wickets in hand and that was the main thing, so 240 is normally par, but on Saturday it was a good score because it was getting slower and harder to get the ball away.”

Gordon top scored with 54 and some late hitting from Zeeshan Khan, who ended on 48 not out, saw Hornchurch set Brentwood 240 to win.

The hosts needed a good start, but the visiting captain ensured that wasn’t the case with an early scalp.

Monty Panesar (2-27) and Irfan (4-17) made crucial inroads during the middle overs, but with Brentwood skipper West and Joe Buttleman at the crease they had a chance.

Saunders popped up with the wicket of Buttleman for 36, however, and Khan dismissed West for 37 on his way to 2-23.

Brentwood were eventually all out for 148 at the end of the 44th over to ensure Hornchurch remain at the summit.

“The bowlers did fantastic as always and kept it tight at the beginning of their innings,” said Gordon.

“Irfan was fired up because they were giving him a bit of stick when he was batting, so he got a bit fired up. He bowled brilliantly and probably him and Zeeshan were our man of the matches.

“Zeeshan batted really well and got to 48 very quickly. He has been patient and batted at four last week, but because Irfan come in a bit earlier everyone knocked down a spot.

“He still batted brilliantly and got crucial wickets when he was bowling like Aaron West, so he was great.”

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