Hornchurch hope for Hainault glory

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 June 2015

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

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

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Harrow Lodge skipper Roy Smith reflects on another successful week and the challenges coming up

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is confident his side can finish top of Essex League Division One this season and continue their winning streak when they visit Hainault & Clayhall tomorrow (Saturday).

Six games have been played so far and Smith’s men are second, just 10 points behind Southend ahead of their trip to Oakfield this weekend.

Hornchurch’s skipper is pleased with their start to the campaign and sure they will continue winning.

Smith said: “Hainault are an experienced side and will be no pushover. We will need to be on top of our game to get the result we want. It normally turns quite a bit over at their wicket.

“It looks like it will be us and Southend going for the title, but there is a long way to go yet. We have got to play them twice, so hopefully we can beat them and finish top.”

Another century from Paul Murray this weekend will ensure they continue their promotion charge. He hit 112 against Harlow last weekend as Hornchurch posted 293-6 from their 50 overs and dismissed their opponents for 221.

Smith’s men were always in control after Taqi Abbas (2-34) and Max Osborne (2-59) picked up four of the top five, but Harlow’s number seven Nicky Baxter started to have some fun late on and smashed 63 to frustrate Hornchurch.

That was until Chamikara Mudalige was thrown the ball and nabbed 3-15 from his 3.3 overs to wrap up the innings.

“Chami has had a couple of injuries this season so we have wrapped him up in cotton wool to prolong him for the rest of the year,” added Smith.

“Harlow had a fella who was smacking it about everywhere and we were all getting a bit frustrated, so I threw Chami the ball and he finished the job. It was brilliant.”

Hornchurch continued their hot streak the following day against Premier League Chelmsford in the third round of the League Cup.

An impressive team bowling effort. which was led by Dean Skipper (3-17) and backed up by Marc Whitlock (3-16). ensured Chelmsford were bowled out for 136.

Hornchurch had a slight wobble in reply. but Osborne top scored with 28 and Paul Walter played a mature knock of 18 from 33 balls to see his side home by six wickets.

Smith said: “We are still in three competitions. Promotion in the league was our target at the start of the season, but we also wanted to do well in the cups and make a finals day.

“We are on course to achieve just that.”

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