Hornchurch hammer Old Southendian

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 May 2017

Billy Gordon in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Billy Gordon in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gordon hits century in 270-run success

Billy Gordon hit a hundred as Hornchurch thrashed Old Southendian in their Essex League Cup first-round tie at Harrow Lodge Park.

Captain Roy Smith chose to bat first after winning the toss, but saw openers Michael Bones and Jamie Sorrell fall cheaply to leave the home side 38-2.

New South African signing Brian Barnard – who hit an unbeaten 309 for Byfleet last year, while also playing for Cannock – fell for a cameo 29 after hitting a six and three fours, before Gordon put on 141 for the fourth wicket with Zeeshan Khan.

Gordon hit three sixes and 11 fours to reach 124 from just 111 balls, with Khan adding six boundaries in his 68-ball innings of 64 and putting on 94 for the fifth wicket with Smith.

The Hornchurch captain was unbeaten on 85 from just 48 deliveries after smashing three fixes and 10 fours as the 2015 cup winners closed on 349-5, with Mehad Khan and Gordon picking up wickets with the new ball to reduce the visitors to 3-2.

Khan (3-19) added two more scalps to make it 21-4, before spinners Chamikara Mudalige (3-11) and Taqi Abbas combined for four more wickets.

Zeeshan Khan dimissed the last batsman as Southendian were skittled for 79 and Hornchurch booked a trip to picturesque Castle Park to take on Colchester in the next round.

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