Hornchurch have a plan to catch Vihari

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 June 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (L) applauds his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (L) applauds his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Smith wary of dangerous Hutton batsman

Roy Smith says Hornchurch must stop the rampaging Hanuma Vihari if they are to be successful when they host Hutton tomorrow (Saturday).

Vihari has been in sublime form with the bat again this season, having plundered his way to 200 not out earlier in the campaign.

Understandably, Smith has identfied Vihari, who also plays for the Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League, as Hutton’s dangerman, but he insists his team have a plan to remove him.

“We’ll have six slips in place for him and hopefully he’ll nick a ball early on!” joked Hornchurch captain Smith.

“We do hope we get rid of him early on as it will make it much easier for us, but we know any player can win you a match.”

Hornchurch head into this weekend’s fixtures currently top of the Essex League Division Two table following a controversial victory over Hainault in their last match.

That game was one of just two in the division to reach a conclusion, with the series of results benefiting Hornchurch.

The Harrow Park Lodge club sit three points clear of nearest rivals Southend and Smith says the team will relish any extra attention they get as a result of their lofty position.

He added: “It’s where we want to be and I know all the players will enjoy the pressure of being top and staying there.

“We’re not there by luck, we’re there by hard work. But it is a long season and there are some good teams in this division.”

If Hornchurch are to turn their title dreams into a reality, then they will be hoping Chamikara Mudelige can continue his good form with the ball.

Against Hainault, the spinner ripped through the lower-order and left batsmen wondering what was coming next.

Mudalige finished with figures of 3-37 from a nine-over spell that featured one maiden and just one wide.

And Smith was quick to praise the bowler after that brilliant performance helped dismiss hosts Hainault for 186.

“Chami is a very good player and he showed good experience in that game. He could have had even more wickets and he bowled in all the right areas,” said Smith.

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