Hornchurch end wait for Essex League Premier Division win

PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 August 2016

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Moore and Gordon take four wickets apiece as defending champions are toppled

Tom Moore in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Tom Moore in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch ended their five-match losing streak in the Essex League Premier Division with a comfortable success over defending champions Chelmsford.

Roy Smith’s men raised hopes of a top-three finish after claiming a six-wicket win in a match that lasted just 62 overs and will end their campaign at rivals Brentwood next weekend.

Chelmsford chose to bat first after winning the toss at Harrow Lodge Park and saw Nick Prowting and Dan Hagen put on 40 for the first wicket, before Tom Moore dismissed the former for 30.

Billy Gordon got rid of Hagen soon after, with Jack Sterland following for a duck three balls later.

And Gordon also accounted for James Clifford, before Moore claimed his second victim to leave Chelmsford 62-5.

The visitors had only added another 10 runs, before Gordon (4-40) claimed his fourth scalp and Moore (4-55) then struck twice in the space of five balls to make it 76-8.

But Essex youngster Aaron Beard and number 10 Anthony Hill helped them reach three figures, before off-spinner Chamikara Mudalige (2-9) wrapped up the innings on 111 in the 37th over.

Rashidi Boucher hit two sixes and a four to get the home side off to a quick start in reply, with opening partner Jamie Sorrell holding firm as Gordon and Michael Bones departed at the other end to leave them 67-3 after 16 overs.

But Sorrell fell two runs short of his half-century, having hit a six and eight fours, and it was left to captain Roy Smith (21 not out) and Moore to see the home side to their small target with six wickets and plenty of time to spare.

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