Hornchurch too hot for Upminster in derby
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 July 2017
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Hornchurch came out on top in their Essex League Premier Division derby with struggling Upminster.
Home captain Matt Tigg chose to bat after winning the toss and saw openers Julian Whetstone (28) and Shafiq Rahman (20) make starts, before Marc Whitlock made the breakthrough to dismiss the latter with the score on 42.
Louis Pickering and Whetstone fell with the total on 67, to Ronnie Saunders and Zeeshan Khan respectively, before Farid Butt (27) put on 49 for the fourth wicket with Alan Ison (22).
Both fell to Zeeshan Khan, while Shahbaz Butt was dismissed by Mehad Khan without scoring, to leave the hosts 123-6, with Alex Kirkpatrick run out by Brian Barnard soon after.
Tigg was the fourth victim for Khan (4-41), before Whitlock (3-31) claimed the final two scalps to dismiss Upminster for 156 in the 43rd over.
But Hornchurch lost openers Jamie Sorrell and Saunders, to Rahman and Tigg, to find themselves 14-2 early on in reply.
Barnard dominated a 96-run stand with Billy Gordon, hitting two sixes and 10 fours on his way to 66 off 60 balls, before falling to Rahman (2-40).
And Gordon (36 not out) and captain Roy Smith (38 not out) saw Hornchurch home to a seven-wicket win with 16 overs to spare.
Victory keeps Smith’s men in fourth place at the halfway stage of the season, 23 points behind leaders Wanstead, while Upminster prop up the table and are 24 points adrift of safety.
Upminster host Chingford next Saturday, while Hornchurch welcome Shenfield to Harrow Lodge Park, before the two sides go head-to-head once again in the Dukes Essex T20 semi-finals at Billericay a day later.