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Hornchurch's second XI see off Wanstead rivals in exciting clash

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 June 2018

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

The local cricket season is well underway (pic: George Sessions).

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The fourth team and fifth side also secured victories after chasing down low totals

Hornchurch’s second-team secured an impressive 33-run win over Wanstead twos last weekend following an exciting clash.

Bhajandip Purewal’s 81 helped the visitors score 208-8 from 45 overs with Mark James adding 57 from number seven.

It just about proved too many for Wanstead as they were dismissed for 175 with Dean Skipper (3-29) and Ed Smith (3-50) doing the main damage for Hornchurch.

The thirds unfortunately couldn’t follow in the footsteps of the second-team as they lost by 76 runs at home to rivals Upminster.

After putting the away side into bat first, they made 213-5 with Lewis Byford’s 2-22 helping restrict the visitors.

Hornchurch couldn’t chase it down successfully though, as Myles Wells top scored with 31 and the next best score was 29 from Mark Elder.

There was better news for the fourth XI as they won by four wickets at Belhus with a solid team effort.

John Moody (2-30), Joe Defreitas (2-26) and Dave Kiff (2-17) all claimed two wickets a piece to keep the hosts to 129-9.

After a slow start, Hornchurch ease home in the 30th over with Moaz Butt unbeaten on 32 and Defreitas 29 not out.

The fifth-team chased down a similar total at home to Harold Wood as 4-36 from Connor Hartwell helped restrict them to 127-9.

Hornchurch got across the fine line with lots of time to spare and by seven wickets with George Barnacle hitting 45.

A day later the under-16s triumphed by 48 runs over their South Woodford counterparts at Harrow Lodge Park.

Klain Fernando hit 89 while Alex Phillips (42) and Kieran Terrey (63) impressed with the bat to help Hornchurch score 263.

South Woodford were kept in check by tight bowling from John Moody (3-33) as they could only finish on 215-6.

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