Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith can’t wait to take on Lashings All-Stars

PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 July 2016

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Harrow Lodge Park outfit hosting famous team and have numerous events taking place in and around clubhouse today

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is excited about the prospect of taking on the Lashings All-Stars later this afternoon.

The match at Harrow Lodge Park starts at 4pm, but various other events are taking place before and after the T20 clash.

In the All Stars team is West Indian Tino Best, ex-England international Adam Hollioake, India’s Wasim Jaffer, Pakistan’s Yasir Arafat plus many more household names.

Hornchurch have first team regulars like Paul Murray, Michael Bones, Jamie Sorrell, Billy Gordon, Chris Sains, Marc Whitlock and Rashidi Boucher involved – the latter as 12th man.

George Clark, Richard Burd and Dean Skipper will also take part in what should be a great occasion for the club.

Smith said: “It is a big day, it’s going to be exciting and will take our minds off the Essex League Premier Division.

“Hopefully the boys can enjoy their cricket in a big occasion, but it is going to be a tough game.

“It would be nice for a few of them to get some runs and we’re definitely looking forward to it.”

The match has come at the right time for Hornchurch and offers them a chance to take a break from their Premier Division campaign.

Last weekend they lost by 23 runs at local rivals Shenfield after failing to chase down a total of 268.

Mo Shah claimed 3-59 while Tom Moore (2-43), Paul Walter (2-50) and Whitlock (2-50) all played their part as the hosts were dismissed with four balls of their innings remaining.

Smith added: “It was a disappointing result for us, we knew it would be a tough game away to Shenfield, they are a good side.

“We lost the toss and it was always going to be difficult to field first, but I thought if we can keep them down to 280 or 300 it is definitely gettable.

“It is a flat wicket over Shenfield and they have a short boundary on one side so when we got them out for 268 we was well pleased.

“Unfortunately we didn’t bat very well, we fancy ourselves to chase down big scores because of our line-up, but it wasn’t to be.”

Billy Gordon struck 63 at number three and Smith hit 35 before he was run out at a crucial time for Hornchurch.

Moore, batting at number eight, batted excellently alongside Whitlock, who finished 17 not out.

Unfortunately Moore couldn’t get Hornchurch over the line, falling for 69 with Tom Ballington taking 4-42 for Shenfield.

“It was definitely chaseable, it is a very good wicket over Shenfield and it has short boundaries,” said Smith.

“We got off to a reasonably good start, laid a platform and then we lost four wickets in the space of about six overs.

“It made things difficult and they had their tails up so we looked to rebuild and me and Billy were batting well and getting on top.

“Unfortunately I went for a second and got myself run out which put a spanner in the works for us.”

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