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Hornchurch captain thrilled with win at champions Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 June 2018

Hornchurch players (red kits) shake hands with their Chelmsford counterparts after their Essex League Premier Division match (pic: George Sessions).

Hornchurch players (red kits) shake hands with their Chelmsford counterparts after their Essex League Premier Division match (pic: George Sessions).

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After scoring 247 with the bat, a top bowling display saw the hosts dismissed for 172 at Chelmer Park

Action from Hornchurch's (red kits) Essex League Premier Division game at Chelmsford (pic: George Sessions).Action from Hornchurch's (red kits) Essex League Premier Division game at Chelmsford (pic: George Sessions).

Billy Gordon was delighted Hornchurch triumphed away to Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford on Saturday.

The Harrow Lodge Park club scored 247-7 off their 50 overs and backed it up with a fine showing in the field to dismiss the hosts for 172.

After previously struggling at Chelmer Park, Hornchurch’s captain was thrilled with the 75-run success.

Gordon said: “It’s a brilliant result. I’ve never won at this ground, I’ve always found it difficult, so it is great to get the first win and more points on the board which helps us move up the table.”

Hornchurch are up to fourth after picking up 20 points on Saturday with the foundations laid by their batsmen.

Wicket-keeper Michael Bones struck 40 off 73 balls batting at three this week and once he was dismissed, Roy Smith (43) and Chris Sains (40) showed their class and experience in the middle overs.

Overseas player Muhammad Irfan came in with the score on 183-5 and proceeded to smash 48 off only 21 balls to help Hornchurch set Chelmsford 248 to win.

“I promoted ‘Bonesy’ to three after the way he batted against Chingford and he did a great job again to get 40,” said Gordon.

“After him ‘Sainsy’ and Roy really set us up for a big total and the big hitting of Irfan helped us smash it.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the boys when it came to the batting in the end, they did a great job.”

After posting a more than competitive total, it was imperative Hornchurch prevented Chelmsford from making a good start with the bat.

Captain Gordon led from the front as he reduced the hosts to 25-2 on his way to picking up 3-36 from 10 overs.

Monty Panesar again caught the eye, taking 2-19, but young Mehad Khan stole the show with 5-42 to help dismiss Chelmsford for 172 in the 45th over.

Gordon added: “The pink ball goes soft quite easily, so it is all about keeping it tight early on and we knew they would go hard to chase it.

“We wanted to keep it tight and knew taking some wickets would be a bonus and we did well.

“Mehad bowled brilliantly again and he has been fantastic all season, but all of the boys bowled really well.

“I thought Irfan was very unlucky not to get a wicket, so it was good from everyone.”

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