Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith positive Paul can take to Essex Eagles like a duck to Walter
PUBLISHED: 17:30 30 June 2016
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22-year-old made his Essex debut last week and skipper Smith has hailed the ability of the former Billericay all-rounder
Hornchurch captain Roy Smith feels the hard work will start now for teammate Paul Walter after he made his debut for Essex Eagles recently.
The 22-year-old was selected by the county for their NatWest T20 Blast South Group match at Chelmsford against Hampshire last Friday.
Walter opened the bowling – conceding just seven runs from his first and only over of the match as Essex won by five wickets.
The next day he was included in the team again at the Oval as Eagles faced Surrey in another T20 clash, which meant Walter wasn’t able to represent Hornchurch in their Essex League Premier Division match at Chelmsford.
Again he opened the bowling, this time conceding just six runs, but it was his only over of the innings.
Essex won, however, and Walter has been included in their squad for their home match tomorrow (Friday) when they host Kent in another T20 match.
“The hard work starts now for Paul, this is not the end, it is just the start for him and when it gets tough,” said Smith.
“Now he has made his debut, this is when he needs to work even harder and give 100 per cent to make sure he gets better.
“It is all about whether you want it enough now and I think he definitely does and can see him doing really well for Essex.”
Walter joined Hornchurch before the 2015 season from Billericay where he had progressed through the youth ranks.
After making the switch to Harrow Lodge Park, the all-rounder shone and played a huge role in helping his new club win the Division One title and complete a double in the final of the Essex League Cup.
He scored a stunning 1,362 runs in all competitions for Hornchurch last year and took 22 wickets – this time around he has already claimed 20 scalps before the end of June.
Smith added: “When we got Paul over, and having played against him before, I could see he had potential and ability.
“Being six foot eight he offered something different and has good pace. He has things to work on with the ball, but if he is with Essex every day and working hard he can improve.
“He is a hell of a bowler anyway and that is not even mentioning his batting which can be phenomenal as he showed last year. It is all about belief for Paul, I believe in him with the bat and he needs to as well.”
With Walter achieving success for Essex’s 2nd XI and now breaking into the firsts, it leaves mixed emotions for Smith and Hornchurch.
The club are extremely proud to see the player progressing, but also realise it means his playing time with them will reduce.
“Over the winter he got a lot fitter, lost a bit of weight and I think he can do really well for Essex,” said Smith.
“Seeing him progress is really pleasing. Obviously we will lose him the more he plays for them, but it is great to see.
“I believe he can go on and be a success with Essex. He offers something different with his height and being a left-arm bowler helps too.”