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Hornchurch start Essex Premier Division season in style

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 May 2016

Paul Walter in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Paul Walter in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Shenfield lose to Wanstead; Brentwood frustrated by South Woodford

Hornchurch eased to a convincing eight-wicket win over Buckhurst Hill on their return to the Essex League Premier Division at Harrow Lodge Park.

Captain Roy Smith won the toss and put the visitors into bat, then saw his new-ball pair of Billy Gordon and Paul Walter reduce them to 8-3.

Walter (2-17) and Gordon conceded just 42 runs from their combined 22 overs, before Mohib Shah got in on the act against his former club.

Marc Whitlock ended the resistance of Alex Maskell, before Shah and Edward Smith struck in quick succession to make it 96-7.

Hill captain Ricky Reynolds dug in to score 36 off 82 balls and take his side into three figures but then fell to Smith with the score on 109.

Will Stoner and Daniel Platt put on 57 for the ninth wicket before falling to Shah (3-45) and Smith (3-23) respectively as the innings ended on 168.

And Hornchurch openers Paul Murray (39) and Jamie Sorrell got the hosts halfway towards their target, before Gordon (37) helped Sorrell add a further 72 for the second wicket.

Sorrell hit 12 boundaries in an unbeaten 83, from 122 balls, to steer Hornchurch to their target inside 41 overs.

*Wanstead got their 150th anniversary season off to a winning start with a comfortable Essex League Premier Division success over Shenfield at Overton Drive.

Captain Joe Ellis-Grewal lost the toss and saw his side put into bat, but Arfan Akram dominated a 62-run opening stand with Saurav Prabhakar, who was first to fall to Suhaib Sarwar.

Akram hit seven fours in his 54 from 65 balls before becoming the first of Arshad Ali’s two victims, with Hassan Chowdhury run out by Jamie Walton to leave the hosts 129-3.

Essex youngster Feroze Khushi put on 77 for the fourth wicket with Kishen Velani, before departing for 63, but Tom Cummins and Jonathan Das then fell cheaply to leave Wanstead 218-6.

Velani dominated a 50-run stand with new recruit Aron Nijjar, who has joined from neighbours Ilford, before being bowled by Ali for an entertaining 87 off just 67 deliveries, having hit three sixes and nine fours.

But Nijjar and Zain Shahzad saw the home side to 293-7 as Ali (2-87), Mike Hindley (2-49) and Suhaib Sarwar (2-94) finished with a brace of wickets apiece.

Zain Shahzad struck two early blows with the ball in reply to leave Shenfield 20-2, but Ryan Plom and Jack Potticary steadied the ship with an 80-run stand.

Potticary hit two sixes and six fours in his 52 off 50 balls, before becoming a third victim for Shahzad (3-41) with the total on 100.

Plom held firm at the other end as Velani ran through the middle order, but then fell to Ellis-Grewal for 80, after a 143-ball innings, to leave Shenfield 163-7.

Ellis-Grewal (2-47) trapped opposite number Jack Kliber leg before moments later, before Velani (5-41) mopped up to seal a 108-run triumph.

*Brentwood were frustrated by South Woodford as their match ended in a draw at the Old County Ground.

Aaron West hit a superb unbeaten 149, while Max Osborne clubbed 53 not out to see the hosts to 321-4 declared in 61 overs.

But the visitors showed plenty of dogged determination as they survived for 74 overs in reply and closed on 182-8.

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