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Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith pleased to get back to winning ways in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 July 2016

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

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

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Harrow Lodge Park skipper discusses Michael Bones and Paul Walter’s performance plus reminisces about time at Ardleigh Green

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith was delighted to get back to winning ways in the Essex League Premier Division last weekend.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit racked up 301-5 from their 50 overs at Buckhurst Hill with Rashidi Boucher smashing 114.

A solid performance with the ball in reply ensured the Roding Lane outfit were restricted to 232-8 giving Hornchurch a 69-run victory.

Boucher’s century stole the show, but Smith was full of praise for Michael Bones at the top of the order after he hit 66.

The Hornchurch skipper did call on the versatile cricketer to look to kick on more and cash in when he gets set.

“Starting off I won the toss for the first time in about six weeks so that helped and we batted first,” said Smith.

“I thought ‘Bonesy’ batted well and he has done that throughout the season when he has got his opportunity.

“With Paul Murray not available, it was an easy decision to open up with Bonesy and he did a good job.

“I would have liked to see him go on and get a hundred. I know it’s easy to say that, but that’s what I want to see him do more.”

After Bones departed, Boucher and Paul Walter joined forces with the Essex ace finishing unbeaten on 65.

It was the all-rounder’s first half century of the campaign in the Premier Division and Smith wants to see him kick on now.

He added: “It was Paul’s first fifty in the division this season and we’re halfway through so it has taken its time.

“Hopefully he can start scoring more because he got over 1,300 runs last year so that’s a big chunk. It was good to see him get a score on Saturday and we’re looking for him to keep that up now.”

Hornchurch made a strong start with the ball as Walter (1-16) and Tom Moore (1-18) dismissed the Buckhurst Hill openers cheaply.

Mo Shah picked up 2-41 against his old club and Marc Whitlock chipped in with 2-60 from his 10 overs.

Smith was happy to only use main bowlers Moore and Walter sparingly and was able to reminisce after the match.

Ian Russell scored an unbeaten 26 for Buckhurst as they finished on 232-8 from their 50 overs to give Hornchurch a pleasing victory.

“We could have restricted them to a lot less, but you do tend to take your foot off the pedal when you know the games won,” said Smith.

“The good thing was we were able to keep back 10 overs in the tank from Walter and Moore. My old mate Ian Russell, who I played with at Ardleigh Green, did well down the order and finished on 26 not out and a few guys played around him.

“It allowed Buckhurst Hill to get up to around 230 and I was talking to Ian about us winning the league in 2007 afterwards.

“We have the record partnership for Ardleigh Green as well, we scored 313 for the second wicket back in 2005 so it was good to talk about that. They got more than we would have liked, but the most important thing was us getting the win.”

Smith will hope to create more memories with Hornchurch this season as they challenge on two fronts.


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