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Hornchurch keep hold of first place after routine Chingford victory

PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 August 2018

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

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Hornchurch (149-4) beat Chingford (146 a/o) by six wickets

Hornchurch remain top of the Essex League Premier Division after a comprehensive win over Chingford.

Billy Gordon claimed four wickets to help dismiss the visitors cheaply and Ronnie Saunders hit an excellent 79 to help see the Harrow Lodge Park club home with six wickets in hand.

After winning the toss and deciding to field first, captain Gordon went on to record figures of 4-35 from his 10 overs.

He ran through Chingford’s top order, but Mehad Khan backed him up by getting the crucial wicket of away captain Alfie Taylor for 31.

Good work by Monty Panesar (3-29) and Marc Whitlock (2-18) ensured the visitors never got too far away and they were dismissed for 146 in the 39th over despite 40 by Andrew MacGregor.

Hornchurch lost Jamie Sorrell (2) early in their chase and Muhammad Irfan didn’t hang around too long, but smashed 23 off 14 balls.

Gordon then fell for a duck to leave the hosts 58-3 and in a spot of bother, but opener Saunders held firm and fell for 79 off only 53 balls – hitting 10 fours and three sixes.

Michael Bones was there at the end, unbeaten on 28, to earn Hornchurch another win which keeps them top by two points over Wanstead.

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