Essex League: Hornchurch earn draw at Chingford
PUBLISHED: 19:54 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:54 09 June 2018
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Hornchurch drew their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division match at Chingford after a thrilling contest.
The visitors were put into bat and lost openers Ronnie Saunders and Frankie Jacobs cheaply to find themselves 37-2.
But Jamie Sorrell put on 91 with captain Billy Gordon, hitting 10 fours in his 61 from 103 balls.
Roy Smith and Muhammad Irfan made single-figure scores to leave Hornchurch 147-5, but Gordon went on to reach 54 from 117 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries.
Zeeshan Khan (20) added 56 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Michael Bones, who was unbeaten on 65 from just 62 balls, having hit nine fours as Hornchurch closed on 259-9.
Chingford openers Ben MacGregor (58) and Alex Agedah (43) put on 96 for the first wicket in reply, before Mehad Khan made the breakthrough with two quick wickets.
Marc Whitlock also got in on the act, but Peter McDermott (82) and Andrew MacGregor (44) then took the hosts to 222-3, before Irfan took two wickets in two balls.
The match remained in the balance, though, as Chingford got to 257-5, when Roy Smith ran out Hassan Malik and Irfan (3-58) claimed another wicket to leave them two runs short of victory on 258-7 after 59 overs.