Hornchurch too hot for Buckhurst Hill in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2016

Rashidi Boucher hit another century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Rashidi Boucher hit another century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Smith’s men maintain pace in title race

Paul Walter hit a quick half-century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Walter hit a quick half-century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch maintained pace with leaders Wanstead at the top of the Essex League Premier Division table with a comfortable win at Buckhurst Hill.

Rashidi Boucher’s century set Roy Smith’s men up for a big total, before spin accounted for five of the eight wickets to fall as Hornchurch wrapped up a 69-run triumph.

Smith chose to bat after winning the toss, with Michael Bones opening the batting in place of Paul Murray.

Jamie Sorrell hit three fours, only to depart in the eighth over, and Billy Gordon (20) was also dismissed after making a start at the crease.

Bones had bided his time as the visitors reached 62-2 in 17 overs, but then put on 76 with Boucher and hit seven fours in his 66.

Essex new boy Paul Walter then dominated a 136-run stand with Boucher, smashing four sixes and three fours to score 65 off just 53 balls and take Hornchurch to 274-4 with two overs remaining.

And Boucher then completed his century, smacking five sixes and nine fours to reach 114 off 99 balls before he fell with three balls remaining.

Smith cleared the rope to help his side close on 301-5, then saw Walter and fellow Essex staffer Tom Moore strike six balls apart to reduce the hosts to 23-2.

Mohib Shah (2-41) also had success against his former club, as they limped towards three figures, and Chamikara Mudalige got in on the act as Marc Whitlock pouched a catch.

Whitlock (2-60) then struck twice in quick succession to leave Hill 146-7, before Rob Petchey dominated a 63-run stand for the eighth wicket in a late show of defiance from the hosts.

Petchey hit two sixes and five fours in his 44 from 29 balls, but was then run out by Billy Gordon as Hill came up well short on 232-8.

A sixth win of the season keeps Hornchurch 14 points behind table-topping Wanstead with eight matches remaining.

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