Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith delighted with Rashidi Boucher and team

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 May 2016

Rashidi Boucher of Hornchurch gives the thumbs up (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Rashidi Boucher of Hornchurch gives the thumbs up (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harrow Lodge Park club have had a lot to celebrate this week after beating Shenfield on Saturday

Roy Smith is thrilled Hornchurch have managed to bring in Rashidi Boucher as their overseas player for the 2016 campaign.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit continued their fine start to the season by earning a third victory in the Essex League Premier Division last weekend.

West Indian Boucher played his part as they defeated Shenfield by four wickets after chasing down 188 with relative ease.

He ran out former Essex player Matt Salisbury, took a catch and bowled an over as Hornchurch dismissed their rivals for 187 in the 55th over.

Boucher only managed to score 18 from 23 balls in the chase, but number three Billy Gordon led the team home with an unbeaten 74.

Smith said: “Rashidi is from Barbados, he has played first-class cricket for them and looks a good player – very solid.

“He only landed at half-past six on Saturday morning so it was one of them as to whether we played him or not.

“Fair play to him, he wanted to play, but was a bit tired and cold as well – he kept telling us he just couldn’t warm up!

“But for his short knock he looked comfortable. He is more predominantly a batter, but does bowl a bit of off-spin. We used him for one over before lunch on Saturday, but he’s an excellent fielder.”

Hornchurch initially planned to have New Zealand international Rob Nicol as their overseas player for the 2016 campaign, but unfortunately the Auckland batsman suffered a head injury.

Smith added: “Rob got a head injury and he couldn’t fly until the end of June according to the medics over there.

“We got another guy lined up, Hanuma Vihari, who was with Hutton last year and has been part of the Indian Premier League.

“He was going to come and then got called up by an IPL team so we looked at a third option, but that guy had his visa denied.

“It was becoming a bit of a nightmare, but I’m happy we have sorted it out by getting Rashidi. He’s a really nice fella and that’s important for the team, he’s fitted in really well with us all.”

Smith also expressed his pride at seeing two of his players feature for Essex’s second team this week in their County Championship clash with Glamorgan.

Paul Walter and Tom Moore represented the county side in their match at Bishop’s Stortford after helping Hornchurch beat Shenfield last Saturday.

“It’s great that Tom and Paul are playing for Essex twos. It’s good for the club and our youngsters coming through,” said Smith.

“Our young lads will be playing with good players in the shape of Tom and Paul. With both of them playing for Essex, it gives other youngsters at the club some inspiration.

“Tom and Paul both play their cricket the right way and are a good guide for any young cricketer looking to do well in the game.”

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