Gordon: Hornchurch know how good Shenfield can be
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 July 2018
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Despite Shenfield’s lowly position in the table, Billy Gordon is expecting a tough test against Jack Kliber’s team
Billy Gordon says Hornchurch will not pay much attention to Shenfield’s ninth place position in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division table because they know how good their rivals can be.
A close encounter appeared on the cards between the sides on the first day of the season, before the heavens opened and the fixture finished as a draw.
Hornchurch were 92-4 chasing 215 to win and given how tough the clash was for Gordon’s side, he knows to expect the same this weekend when Shenfield visit Harrow Lodge Park.
“The first game of the season they showed how good they are and I’m so surprised to see them where they are,” he said.
“I am not sure what has gone on, whether they have had poor availability or what, but they are definitely better than the table suggests right now.
“We know it will be a really tough game on Saturday and we will have to be at our best if we are to beat them.”
Fortunately for Hornchurch more often than not this season they have performed well and it was the case again last weekend.
Gordon’s team managed to see off Billericay by four wickets to move up to third in the table – 16 points behind leaders Wanstead.
Mehad Khan (3-25) and Muhammad Irfan (3-22) combined to help bowl the visitors out for 154 with seven balls left after early new-ball success for captain Gordon (2-18).
A solid 50 from opener Jamie Sorrell helped put Hornchurch in control and although he failed to kick on after passing fifty, the hosts got home in the 35th over.
The following day they picked up another four-wicket win, this time at home to Middlesex club Ealing in the Bertie Joel Trophy.
After dismissing the away side for 127, mainly thanks to in-form Khan (3-25) and Michael Bones (3-17), Gordon scored an unbeaten 55 to take his side into the last eight of the competition.
He added: “The boys have been great. To be in the T20 National Cup, in two other quarter-finals (Essex League Cup and Bertie Joel Trophy) and third is brilliant.
“I am really happy with how things have gone so far, but I don’t want us to let it slip so we have to keep going.
“We want to keep improving and hopefully we can on Saturday at home to Shenfield. We are only a couple of points off second and not too far away from first, so we want to keep winning games and see what happens.
“Hopefully we can keep the momentum we have got and have a really good finish to the season.”