Hornchurch hopes hit by Essex League Premier Division loss
PUBLISHED: 12:51 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:51 29 May 2016
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Chingford tailenders produce matchwinning stand
Hornchurch saw their perfect start to the Essex League Premier Division season come to a shuddering halt at struggling Chingford.
Roy Smith’s newly promoted side had won their first three matches in the top flight this summer, but suffered a two-wicket defeat against a side that had collected just six points in their first three outings.
Put into bat, Hornchurch lost Paul Murray with their score on 46, but Jamie Sorrell and Billy Gordon put on 93 for the second wicket.
Sorrell hit 13 fours in his 62, from just 73 balls, but Paul Walter and Rashidi Boucher followed relatively cheaply to leave the visitorrs 162-4.
Captain Smith dominated a 56-run stand for the fifth wicket, clearing the rope twice and adding three more boundaries in his 34 from 38 balls, before succumbing to former Ardleigh Green team-mate Kulbir Gill.
In-form Gordon then departed for 80, having struck 10 boundaries, and although Michael Bones added a quick 22 the lower order fell away cheaply as Hornchurch were dismissed for 248 in 52 overs.
Walter and Tom Moore struck early with the ball in Chingford’s reply to reduce the home side to 29-3, before Alfie Taylor joined opener Rahul Patel at the crease and steadied the ship in a 45-run partnership.
But Walter (4-73) struck twice more and Mohib Shah got in on the act to leave Chingford 84-6 and facing a mountainous task.
Moore (2-48) and Chamikara Mudalige enjoyed further success to make it 137-8 and leave Hornchurch favourites for another win, but Chingford’s Paul Shawyer and Liam Lannen had other ideas.
The ninth-wicket pair dug their heels in to frustrate the visiting attack, with Shawyer playing the lead role and hitting 14 fours in his unbeaten 71 from 110 deliveries.
Number 10 Lannen survived for 77 balls, meanwhile, and struck five fours in his unbeaten 34 as their unbroken 113-run stand saw the home side to their target and a memorable success.