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Gordon: Hornchurch will approach Wanstead clash ‘positively’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2018

Hornchurch celebrate winning the Essex League Cup against Belhus (pic Hornchurch CC)

Hornchurch celebrate winning the Essex League Cup against Belhus (pic Hornchurch CC)

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The Harrow Lodge Park club will be out to win against the Herons this weekend

Billy Gordon says Hornchurch will look to win at home against Essex League Premier Division title rivals Wanstead on Saturday.

The clash at Harrow Lodge Park will pit the two sides left in the race to be crowned champions together and the hosts know a draw would keep them on course to claim more silverware.

Hornchurch lead Wanstead by 14 points with only two matches left and could clinch the title if they win this weekend – and that is what they will aim to do.

“I think we have to try and win because if you go in with the mentality of playing out for a draw, it can be quite negative, especially given the quality of their bowlers,” Gordon said.

“We need to have a positive mindset and we need to try and win the game, but obviously it is a must-not lose.

“If we can win, it would be great, but if we come away with a draw it would not be the worst result either.”

Hornchurch go into the match with spirits extremely high after they secured more glory on Bank Holiday Monday.

Gordon’s men went toe-to-toe with Division One outfit Belhus in the final of the League Cup and triumphed by 89 runs.

After winning the toss, the Premier Division leaders batted first at Garon Park and scored 261-9 off their 50 overs.

Ronnie Saunders smashed 55 off 34 balls as Michael Bones (37), Paul Murray (36) and Gordon (25) gave support.

It proved too much for Belhus, who were dismissed for 172 with Monty Panesar claiming 3-12 off eight overs.

Zeeshan Khan (2-35) and Marc Whitlock (2-20) also chipped in to clinch a second piece of silverware this year, following their Essex T20 Cup success.

Gordon’s team can still claim a treble after winning at Ilford in the Premier Division last weekend.

Opener Saunders top scored with a sensational 102 and the captain hit an unbeaten 100 with Roy Smith adding 57 batting at six to post 323-5 declared.

Khan (4-52) and Panesar (4-67) shone again to dismiss the hosts for 182 and Gordon added: “We didn’t use Monty too much in the 50-over stuff because we were bowling quite well and we also knew he would be massive for the all-day games.

“At the start of the season he took six wickets then four and then five in three of the all-day games, so I knew he would bowl a lot around now.

“With the 50-over stuff, because everyone else was bowling well, we didn’t need to overuse him and now he has come back into his own and he seems fresh and is bowling superbly, so hopefully he can carry it on for the last two fixtures.”

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