Hornchurch eye knock-out stage

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Division One outfit travel to Valentines Park for T20 clash with Ilford

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith has told his players to beat Ilford this evening to ensure they progress through Group H in the Dukes Essex T20 competition.

The Division One side travel to Valentines Park in confident spirits despite facing an opponent from the league above.

Smith’s side have yet to lose a league match this year and their defeat to Brentwood in the National Cup on Sunday was their first since last summer.

Ilford will be looking to kick-start their T20 campaign this evening whilst Hornchurch will be aiming to ensure they qualify for the knock-out stages.

“We want to finish top of the group - that is definitely the aim for us,” said Smith.

“T20 is a different format and it is a nice change from the timed cricket and Saturday stuff so we are looking forward to playing Ilford.”

The two teams have already faced each other this summer and Hornchurch also defeated Ilford last year in the same format.

Past results have increased Smith’s confidence before tonight’s clash and he will be hoping they don’t become complacent.

He added: “The weather looks good. We have already been to Ilford in pre-season and won.

“In the T20 last year we beat them too so we will take a strong squad there and we will be confident of getting the win.”

Success for Hornchurch tonight will continue their momentum towards another triumphant season.

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