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It was a good toss to win, admits Gordon after latest Hornchurch victory

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 August 2018

Hornchurch's Muhammad Irfan celebrates with Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's Muhammad Irfan celebrates with Marc Whitlock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Harrow Lodge Park club remain top of the table and the captain praised Ronnie Saunders' efforts this year

Billy Gordon was thrilled to win the toss on Saturday and then see his Hornchurch side make the most of the conditions on their way to securing a win over Chingford in the Essex League Premier Division.

It was the Harrow Lodge Park club’s seventh consecutive victory in the competition and maintains their two-point lead at the top.

After winning the toss and bowling first, Hornchurch dismissed Chingford for 146 in the 39th over and chased it down easily to triumph by six wickets.

Gordon admitted: “It was a good toss to win with the weather the way it has been and the pitch was a bit wet on top.

“The bowlers did a really good job and at one stage we thought we might get them out for under a hundred.

“Obviously it was nice to take some wickets and Monty (Panesar) bowled well and so did Mehad Khan and everyone to be fair.

“I always expect one good partnership to happen and that was the case, but we managed to knock off the runs, so it was another great win.”

An opening burst of 4-35 off 10 overs by Gordon saw Chingford quickly reduced to 61-5 with Khan claiming 1-36.

Panesar then took over and finished with 3-29 after ending the 42-run seventh-wicket partnership between Andrew MacGregor (40) and George Sweeting (24).

Marc Whitlock chipped in with 2-18 off his 3.2 overs as Chingford could only set 147 to win.

Hornchurch lost Jamie Sorrell early in their chase and although Muhammad Irfan smashed a 14-ball innings of 23, when he was caught the hosts were 29-2.

Opener Ronnie Saunders showed his class, however, with a stunning 79 off only 53 balls – the second highest score by a first-team batsman at the club this season.

Gordon added: “Ronnie has been brilliant and has really knuckled down when he has needed to.

“He has all the attributes to be a top quality player and to be scoring loads of runs for years to come.

“It was like he was playing on a different pitch to everyone else on Saturday – he was smashing it all over and has been excellent for us this season.”

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