Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith frustrated despite Essex League Cup success over Loughton

PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 May 2016

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith gives instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith gives instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Harrow Lodge Park club progressed to next round, but left their skipper unhappy at times on Saturday

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admitted his bowlers conceded too many wides during their victory over Loughton in the Essex League Cup last weekend.

The Harrow Lodge Park club restricted their Division One opponents to 170-8 from their 45 overs on Saturday in the second round clash.

And half centuries from Jamie Sorrell and Paul Walter ensured the Premier outfit secured a comprehensive seven-wicket success.

But they conceded 43 wides and 53 extras overall in the field and Smith has warned that must improve ahead of hosting Buckhurst Hill in the league this weekend.

He said: “Loughton were missing a few players on Saturday so it wasn’t their best team, but we were too strong for them in the end.

“We did bowl far too many wides and even though it is only early season, we need to do better than that when we start our league campaign.

“There was a lot of good stuff from our bowlers so I can’t just complain about the wides, but it was shocking. It was all of them as well, it wasn’t just one or two and we need to put that right before this weekend.”

Tom Moore claimed 2-27 from his nine overs while Walter picked up 2-22 from his six, but conceded 10 wides. Billy Gordon (1-21), Chamikara Mudalige (1-43) and Mohib Shah (1-20) did damage in the field as Loughton struggled.

Hornchurch were always confident of chasing 171 and Sorrell hit 65 off 91 balls while enjoyed a good partnership with Walter.

The Essex second team player smashed 64 from 57 balls and despite departing it was comfortable for the Premier Division side.

Smith added: “We did a lot of good stuff between all the wides we gave away, but that’s definitely something we need to improve. With the batting we dominated from the start and didn’t even get out of second gear which was pleasing to watch.

“Jamie and Paul have started well and Billy played a couple of shots of the day to be quite honest. He looked in great form before chasing a wide one and nicking off behind, but his innings was encouraging as well.”

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