Hornchurch conquer Colchester at Castle Park
PUBLISHED: 07:30 16 May 2016
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Shenfield see off champions; Brentwood battle to slender win
Hornchurch made it two wins out of two in the Essex League Premier Division with success over Colchester.
The top flight new boys had beaten Buckhurst Hill on the opening day of the season and piled up 277-6 after being put into bat at Castle Park.
They lost Paul Murray, Billy Gordon and Paul Walter cheaply to find themselves 60-3, before Michael Bones (27) helped add 53 with opener Jamie Sorrell.
But the home side looked to have gained the upper hand after Sorrell fell for 61, having hit nine boundaries, and Mohib Shah followed soon after to leave Hornchurch 139-6.
But captain Roy Smith and Essex staffer Tom Moore combined in a superb unbroken 138-run stand for the seventh wicket to turn things around for the visitors.
Smith hit three sixes and seven boundaries to finish unbeaten on 106, from 119 balls, while winter signing Moore struck seven fours to finish 52 not out from 50 deliveries.
Tall left-armer Walter made the breakthrough with the ball in Colchester’s reply to dismiss Julian Russell, but Jack Hebron put on 55 for the second wicket with Joe Austin before falling to Shah.
Young Ed Smith got in on the act to dismiss Austin and leave the hosts 118-3, before Moore (3-41) returned for a second spell and claimed three quick wickets to make it 140-6.
Home skipper Andrew Kennedy and Darren Eckford steadied the ship with a 47-run stand, before Gordon (2-28) struck in quick succession.
And Hornchurch wrapped up an 84-run win as Walter (2-29) and Shah (2-46) took the last two wickets to dismiss Colchester for 193.
Shenfield enjoyed a superb 61-run success over defending champions Chelmsford at the Courage Playing Fields.
They owed much to centuries from Haris Mahmood (108) and captain Jack Kliber (101), with Tom Austin (51) also chipping in to help lift the total to 323.
Austin (2-36) struck two early blows with the ball in Chelmsford’s reply, before Suhaib Sarwar (2-71) and Arshad Ali (5-93) made up for their failures with the bat – as both failed to score – to run through the rest of the line-up and deliver victory.
Brentwood battled to a tense one-wicket win over Buckhurst Hill, following their opening-day frustration against South Woodford.
Held to a draw on the opening day of the season, Brentwood saw Hill captain Ricky Reynolds choose to bat after winning the toss at Roding Lane and put on 110 for the first wicket with Sacha Duran (50), before Ian Belchamber made the breakthrough.
Belchamber picked up two more wickets soon after, but Reynolds hit six fours in two and a half hours at the crease, reaching 85 off 179 balls before he was fourth man out with the score on 179, caught and bowled by Charlie Griffiths in the 57th over.
The home side closed on 207-9, with Belchamber (5-64) and Griffiths (4-42) sharing the wickets to fall.
And Brentwood lost Tom Oakley and Tom Phillippe to successive balls from Carl Brungar to slip to 24-2 in reply.
Jon Walford put on 53 with Aaron West, with captain Joe Buttleman (35) helping to add another 86 with the opener for the fourth wicket.
But West then fell three runs short of his century, having hit two sixes and 15 fours in his 111-ball innings, and Brentwood also lost Max Osborne without scoring, Griffiths and Jake Wickham to fall to 175-8, a collapse of five wickets for just 12 runs.
Paul Humphries helped steady the ship with James Redwood (33 not out), with last man Belchamber adding an unbroken 14 to seal victory for the visitors.