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Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith had sympathy with umpires after weather ruined Essex League Premier Division fixture

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 June 2016

Roy Smith of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Roy Smith of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harrow Lodge outfit struggled in poor conditions on Saturday, but were happy to come away with six points in the end

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith felt the umpires were left with no choice, but to abandon Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division at Chelmsford.

The Harrow Lodge outfit were made to bat first at Chelmer Park on a tricky surface which had been affected by the poor weather.

Smith’s men struggled and were all out for 74, but with Chelmsford 64-3 off nine overs in reply – the umpires had to call the game off.

Both teams were awarded six points each and Hornchurch’s skipper conceded the Premier Division Champions were right to feel frustrated.

“Conditions did go against us, obviously we were only defending 75, but we felt if we could get a few wickets early then we had a chance,” said Smith.

“It got dark as we came out to bowl so a few catches did go down due to the light and we missed a stumping because of that as well.

“We found it difficult and with thunder and lightening the umpires were left with no choice. I know the batting side weren’t happy, I wouldn’t have been, but they had no choice with the conditions like they were.

“The umpires tried to get another start even though it had rained and they said before it would be off if it rained at all. I think they took the situation into consideration, but a minute before we were going back out it rained again.

“We were the happier of the two sides in the end, but these things tend to go evenly for you and against you by the end of the season.”

After losing the toss, Smith was at the crease swiftly after watching Jamie Sorrell, Billy Gordon and Rashidi Boucher depart cheaply.

The captain only lasted four balls, though, and Hornchurch found themselves 20-6 when Paul Murray and Dean Skipper were dismissed.

A fine innings of 27 from Tom Moore and 22 by Richard Burd helped the leaders get up to 74 before they were all out. Former Ardleigh Gren bowler Anthony Hill did most of the damage as he claimed 5-16 from his 7.4 overs.

“In the end the weather did help us, but it was not the best of days. It was very wet and damp before we even started,” said Smith.

“The square was very soft and umpires said if we have any rain during the day then it would be called off. We lost the toss and got stuck in unfortunately. It was doing a lot and their two openers bowled extremely well.

“Sam Cook has been with Essex and Anthony was with me at Ardleigh Green, he got five wickets. They were getting a lot from the surface and the two runs outs killed us as well to be honest.

“If we had got 140 or 150 it would have been a really good game and a tough one for them to chase. They went at it from the start because they knew the rain was coming so it was a bit like a T20.”

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