Hornchurch Cricket Club captain Roy Smith thrilled with Billy Gordon's role in victory over Shenfield in Essex League Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 May 2016
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All-rounder was in top form alongside Paul Walter and Tom Moore as Harrow Lodge Park club achieved another win
Hornchurch captain Roy Smith lavished praise on all-rounder Billy Gordon following Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division win over Shenfield.
The two clubs were both promoted from Division One last season and did battle at Harrow Lodge Park last weekend.
Opening bowlers Tom Moore (3-61) and Paul Walter (3-23) enjoyed themselves early on while Gordon again impressed with 2-56.
Shenfield were eventually dismissed for 187 in the 55th over and Hornchurch chased down their total with four-wickets to spare.
“It was good to get the win, they are a very competitive side who were promoted with us last year,” said Smith.
“They beat Chelmsford the Saturday before so they have shown they are no mugs, but we came out on top.
“We were too strong for them in all departments really even though we made it less comfortable than it should have been, but overall it was a fantastic result for us against a very good team.”
Gordon was excellent for Hornchurch in their chase and finished 74 not out from 121 balls after hitting six fours.
It was a mature innings from the number three and meant his team secured a third consecutive success in the division.
After Gordon, the next highest score was 27 from Walter as several of his team mates made starts, but didn’t carry on until the end.
Smith added: “It was a brilliant knock by Billy from start to finish and he produced a chanceless innings for us. He batted in a few difficult situations and dropped to anchor, but got us over the line in the end.
“There was a bit of complacency from a few of us and we need to learn from that in the future. It could cost us so we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again and we support Billy who is in great form right now.”
Hornchurch were also indebted to Walter and Moore who picked up six wickets between them in the field.
Both are representing the Essex second team this week against Glamorgan twos and were lauded by their skipper.
“Paul and Tom are good friends and have a great understanding when bowling with each other,” said Smith.
“They enjoy bowling together and that’s important. Both did well again on Saturday opening up and then we have Billy on after, they’re a great trio.
“All of them offer something different - Paul is a left-hander while Tom’s right and Billy is a slippery medium pacer, they’re a handful!”