Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon knows of Chingford’s class and expects strong response

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 June 2018

Hornchurch wicket-keeper Michael Bones took a whack to the face during Saturday's game with Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch wicket-keeper Michael Bones took a whack to the face during Saturday's game with Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Following a poor result last time out, the Harrow Lodge Park club will aim to get back on track in two competitions this weekend

Hornchurch and captain Billy Gordon knows what to expect at Chingford in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

The two clubs have been rivals in the top flight for the past two campaigns and have produced a number of thrilling encounters, most recently last August when Roy Smith’s 66 not out saw the Harrow Lodge Park club to a two-wicket win chasing 208.

Gordon also knows Chingford captain Alfie Taylor well, so there is plenty riding on the game, especially after Hornchurch were dismissed for 64 in a heavy home loss to local rivals Brentwood on Saturday.

He said: “Chingford are a very good side and they have a really good captain in Alfie Taylor. I know him really well and he is a very good cricketer and it will be a tough game, but we have to back ourselves.

“We need to try and bounce back and hopefully we can return to winning ways. It is still quite tight in the league and a win on Saturday could see us jump right back up to the top.”

Not too much can be read into the table after four games and especially with 2017 champions Chelmsford third from bottom.

Hornchurch are fifth with 56 points – three points and one place off Chingford and 21 points behind leaders Ilford.

Gordon will be looking for his team to respond to Saturday’s below-par display after they lost by 146 runs to Brentwood.

The visitors declared on 210-8 after Monty Panesar picked up 5-60 off 17 overs, while Mehad Khan (2-57) also caught the eye.

Hornchurch’s reply did not go to plan, however, with Frankie Jacobs top scoring with 10 off 32 balls and every other batsman falling for single figures.

Essex’s overseas T20 signing Adam Zampa starred with the ball for Brentwood taking 6-25.

And after a forgetful outing with the bat, Gordon will hope for a response on Saturday and a day later when the club are in Essex League Cup action.

Stanford visit Harrow Lodge Park for a second-round clash on Sunday and Hornchurch’s captain added: “We should have a strong side out again.

“Hopefully we can show our class and make it through and I personally really enjoy playing in the cup games.

“We won this tournament a few years ago, in 2015, when we beat Brentwood in the final, so I’d love to do something similar in this competition or in the T20 Cup this season.”

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