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Hornchurch cricket club suffer disappointing weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2017

Cricket bats leaning up against a bench (Pic: Lee Power)

Cricket bats leaning up against a bench (Pic: Lee Power)

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Hornchurch CC’s first team fell to a disappointing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Shenfield on Saturday to drop down to sixth place in the Essex League Premier Division.

Put into bat on a used wicket, it was always going to be tough and despite Zee Khan’s 26, the extras proved to be the top scorer with 33 as wickets fell at regular intervals.

In the end, Hornchurch were bowled out for just 161 in the 44th over.

In reply, opening bowlers Billy Gordon (1-30) and Mehad Khan (1-35) struck early to give them a fighting chance, but a 100-run partnership from Shenfield’s Jamie Walton (55) and Ollie Eckers (50 not out) helped the visitors seal a comprehensive win ahead of Hornchurch’s trip to bottom of the table Colchester this weekend.

It was a different tale for the second team though as they claimed their ninth win of the season to extend their lead at the top of the table after a comfortable nine-wicket win over Hadleigh & Thundersley at the weekend.

Edward Smith (5-39) was the star turn with the ball as he helped bowl the hosts out for 180, while overseas Imran Manaack also picked up 2- 41.

Paul Murray (53 not out) and Frankie Jacobs (30) got them off to a positive response in reply, before Manaack hit a 28-ball fifth before finishing on an unbeaten 78, which included 11 fours and three sixes as Hornchurch wrapped up the win inside 25 overs.

Govinda Tiwari’s quickfire 71 helped the thirds to a 62-run win at Billericay.

Batting first, openers Robin Sen (35) and Neil Butler (52) got Hornchurch off to a solid start before Tiwari hit seven fours and one six in his 71 to help them accumulate 247-5 off their 45 overs as every batsman reached double figures.

Wickets fell at a steady pace in the reply, with stand-in skipper Sam Childs (3-23) and young Lewis Byford (4-34) the pick of the bowlers as Hornchurch extended their lead at the top of Division One despite 71 from Billericay’s Max Laen-Gay.

Abul Hasnet’s century proved to be in vain as an under-strength fourth team suffered a 39-run loss at home to Walthamstow.

The visitors were put into bat, and amassed a huge 281-9 from their allotted overs, despite the efforts of Shahid Javid (4-48) as they haemorrhaged 66 extras.

Hasnet (109) batted with style, hitting 17 fours and four sixes in the century, but with only Usman Rai (43) and captain Imran Khan (37) providing any further resistance, Hornchurch came up short as they were bowled out for 242.

The fifths slipped to a 36-run loss in a low-scoring encounter at home to Oakfield Parkonians.

Hornchurch restricted the visitors to 152 all out thanks to under-13 starlet Freddie Barnacle (4-43) and Dean Skipper’s 3-14.

But in reply, only Scott Coney (28), Garry Barnacle (23) and Skipper

(23) got beyond the 20 mark as they were bowled out in the 35th over.


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