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Hornchurch romp past young Ilford

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 June 2015

Hornchurch Max Osborne (left), captain Roy Smith (centre) and Paul Walter all hit half centuries at Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch Max Osborne (left), captain Roy Smith (centre) and Paul Walter all hit half centuries at Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Another emphatic win for Division One side

Hornchurch romped to a 125-run success against hosts Ilford at Valentines Park yesterday to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Dukes Essex T20 competition.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and racked up 230-4 with Max Osborne, Paul Walter and captain Roy Smith all hitting fine half centuries.

Premier Division Ilford were always going to struggle to chase that and Mark James recorded excellent figures of 5-14 from his four overs to help bowl the hosts out for 105.

After choosing to bat, Hornchurch got off to a quick start with Osborne in imperious form and smashing four after four early on.

Harsh Kumar enticed Chris Sains to edge behind to Ilford captain Gagan Bhogal with the score 47-1 and Ronnie Saunders only lasted seven balls before departing to the same bowler.

That brought Walter to the crease and he signalled his intent by smashing a maximum as his first scoring shot.

Osborne was going along nicely alongside him and breezed from 30 to 50 in no time – smashing two sixes and seven fours.

He brought up his half century with a big six before Kumar ended his onslaught but the Hornchurch batsman had departed for an excellent 50 off 21 balls.

Captain Smith was next to the crease and he struggled early on but saw off Kumar’s spell of four overs for 3-17.

Midway through the innings the visitors were 98-3 with Walter having already hit two maximums and he took a liking to young Louie Collins afterwards. The first ball of the Ilford’s spinners spell was dispatched for six and 35 runs come from his two overs.

Walter brought up his half century with a couple of singles and went for another maximum but was caught by Collins and departed for 50 off 27 balls.

Paul Murray Junior was next in alongside his captain with Hornchurch 134-4 and the pair would give an expedition in big hitting.

Smith, who had been conservative with Walter at the crease, took the onus now and started smashing Ilford’s bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Shankar Gunalan was treated with disdain and Hornchurch captain’s hit a couple of sixes off him before getting to his half century – his first of the season.

The 200 was nearly up with one over remaining and Murray-Junior took full advantage of some wayward Gunalan bowling to hit three sixes in a row at the start of the final over.

He could only take a single from the next ball to finish on 33 not out but Smith ended the innings with aplomb by cracking two fours and a beautiful straight six to finish 65 not out and set Ilford 231 to win.

It was always going to be too many for the young home team and Osborne opened the floodgates by getting Gunalan early.

James got his first by dismissing Ilford vice-captain Shazhad Hafeez for nine before Marc Whitlock (1-17) had skipper Bhogal caught by Michael Bones for one.

A double wicket maiden was next for James as he had Akash Raji and Malik Rehman caught for ducks to leave the hosts reeling at 19-5 with five overs gone.

But a recovery was slightly staged with youngsters Haaris Ayub and Harsh Kumar putting on 38 for the sixth wicket.

Smith ensured that partnership would end soon, though, by introducing Sains into the attack and he bowled Ayub for 28 off 26 balls.

In Sains’ next over he got Syed Ahsan too to finish with 2-8 from his two overs before James returned to have Kumar caught for 17. He bowled Ali Haider Ahmed with his next ball to leave Ilford 77-9 before Sanan Ali started to have some fun.

He hit five fours and a six off Saunders before Smith came on and ended the innings by having Collins caught to bowl Ilford out for 105 and set-up a quarter-final clash with Premier Division Wanstead.

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