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Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith praises Tom Moore after Colchester & East Essex victory

PUBLISHED: 15:30 18 May 2016

Roy Smith scored a century for Hornchurch against Colchester (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Roy Smith scored a century for Hornchurch against Colchester (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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After signing from Brentwood during the winter, Tom Moore has quickly settled in well with the Harrow Lodge Park club

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admitted Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division win at Colchester & East Essex was very satisfying.

The Harrow Lodge Park club were struggling at 139-6 at Castle Park before the skipper joined forces with Tom Moore.

Neither was to let their wicket slip and they managed to haul Hornchurch up to 277-6 before declaring.

Smith scored 106 off 119 balls to become the first person to hit a ton for the first team this season.

Moore finished on 52 not out and it would prove to be crucial with Colchester eventually dismissed for 193.

“It was a superb win and obviously anything I do is a bonus, but it was nice to know I can still do it,” said Smith.

“When you have good players around you like we have it, it takes the pressure off and you can play with some freedom.

“The situation worked perfectly for us with me dropping down the order and coming in at six. We were in a bit of a hole, four down, but did well and Tom batted superbly and was really good when the pressure was on.

“It was only the third time I’ve batted this season. The first one in the Royal London Club Championship I was out second ball lbw. At Upminster the other week I hit 30 and was feeling good, but got run out so it was good to go on at Colchester.”

Jamie Sorrell was the other key person to contribute with the bat as he scored 61 after opening before Hornchurch picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Moore again starred, taking 3-41 from his 12 overs, to help bowl the hosts Colchester out for 193 inside 52 overs.

Paul Walter (2-29), Billy Gordon (2-28), Mohib Shah (2-46) and Ed Smith (1-30) played their part too, but the Harrow Lodge Park captain reserved special praise for the ex-Brentwood man.

He added: “Jamie batted really well again and is on fire at the moment, but it was a tricky time when Tom come in as it was just after lunch.

“We still had around 22 overs to go and it was a bit nervy as we had two 15-year-old’s down the order that hadn’t played at this level before.

“Marc Whitlock was there as well so it was tough, but we said let’s get up to 175 first of all and see how we’re doing.

“Then we wanted to reach 200 to make sure we got a score and Tom was superb, he really was. For his age, 24, he showed a lot of maturity and was very confident.

“He was pushing me on and it was really good. We began to go at about six or seven an over and I thought ‘hang on we don’t need to take any risks here’ and it was just a really enjoyable afternoon.

“Tom got key wickets as well, he didn’t take any in his first spell even though he bowled really well. I brought him back and the ball was quite old, but he had it on a bit of string and was moving it around brilliantly.”

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