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Irfan enjoying time with Hornchurch and would love 2019 return

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 August 2018

Muhammad Irfan of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Muhammad Irfan of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Pakistan first-class cricketer has impressed for Billy Gordon’s team and wants to help them win the title

Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Muhammad Irfan celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Muhammad Irfan is loving his spell with Hornchurch in the Essex League Premier Division and would like to come back next year if possible.

The tall all-rounder has played a big part in helping the Harrow Lodge Park club enjoy success in 2018.

Billy Gordon’s team are currently top of the Premier Division and have already won silverware in the form of the Essex T20 Cup.

Irfan’s played 11 matches in all competitions and taken 26 wickets at an average of 12.81 while also smashing 253 runs.

He said: “I am really enjoying my time at Hornchurch. I arrived late, coming after five games, and I have really enjoyed performing well with both my batting and bowling.

“Our team is performing really well, all my team-mates and the captain support each other, so it has been really good.”

Irfan is not going anywhere just yet and is hopeful of helping Hornchurch remain in top spot with only five fixtures left.

Next up for the current leaders is a home clash with Chingford and the Pakistan first-class cricketer is looking to impress again.

Previewing Saturday’s game, Irfan said: “I will try to help Hornchurch stay at the top of the table. The next five games are very important to the team, so I’ll try my best.”

It has been a great campaign to date for the 23-year-old and he has gained invaluable experience over the past 12 months.

Earlier this year he was playing for T20 outfit Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League and was captained by Eoin Morgan.

Shahid Afridi, Colin Ingram, Tyrone Mills and Mohammad Amir were also part of the Kings team and Irfan has learnt a lot in recent months.

Hornchurch has been the latest adventure for the rapid bowler and he hopes this spell will help towards his ultimate goal of playing international cricket.

Irfan concluded: “Maybe after next season I could play for Pakistan in one-day cricket or in some T20s.

“This is good experience for me and it is possible I will come back to Hornchurch next year. I hope so anyway.”

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