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Hornchurch captain Gordon hoping for home comforts against Ilford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 June 2018

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket at Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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After two weeks on the road, Billy Gordon's team will return to Harrow Lodge Park to take on high-flying Ilford

Billy Gordon is pleased Hornchurch will be back at home on Saturday, but is braced for a tough game with Ilford in the Essex League Premier Division.

The Harrow Lodge Park club have coped well on the road in the last two weekends – drawing at Chingford (June 9) and winning at Chelmsford last time out.

In Ilford, they will face one of the best sides in the division so far with Theeban Tavarasa’s men second after winning three of their six games to date.

Gordon said: “We are looking forward to being back at home. It will be a really tough game because they have been brilliant this season.

“I think they will be up there come the end and we know about their good players, so it will be difficult, but it is important we try and get another win.”

When Hornchurch were last on home soil things didn’t go to plan as they were all out for 64 trying to chase 211 to defeat Brentwood.

It was a frustrating result for Gordon’s team and he is keen for an improved showing when they return to Harrow Lodge Park.

He added: “We want to do better than last time. The wicket’s not great at the moment, but we need to use it to our advantage.

“We know better than anyone how to play on it, so we need to make the most of that on Saturday.”

Hornchurch will be looking for the experienced players in their squad to catch the eye against Ilford this weekend.

The visitors should have a number of top cricketers in their team with Essex pair Ashar Zaidi and Shane Snater set to feature at Harrow Lodge Park.

Gordon said: “They have Zaidi, but plenty of others. Theeban has been bowling brilliantly this season and he is another person I know really well.

“They have a couple of young batsmen who have impressed and Shane Snater has played for them.

“We know they will be a strong side and that’s why they are up near the top of the table, so it will be a good test.”

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