Captain Gordon demands improvement for Hornchurch to succeed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 June 2018

Mehad Khan of Hornchurch celebrates with his team mates at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Mehad Khan of Hornchurch celebrates with his team mates at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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After a ‘frustrating’ defeat to Ilford, Billy Gordon’s team will look to bounce back in two competitions this weekend

Billy Gordon has called for his Hornchurch team to improve in the field if they are to enjoy a successful weekend following Saturday’s loss to Ilford.

The two rivals did battle in the Essex League Premier Division at Harrow Lodge Park and it was the visitors who claimed a win by four wickets.

Hornchurch could only score 212 with the bat before they were all out with four balls left and Ilford got home with two overs to spare, but Gordon was frustrated with the defeat.

Ahead of visiting Wanstead on Saturday and competing in T20 finals day on Sunday, the captain is after a response.

He said: “The Ilford defeat was really frustrating. They won with two overs to go, but we must have given away 40 runs with extras and misfielding.

“There were 16 wides and at this level you can’t afford to give away that many runs and it cost us. We spoke about it afterwards and know we have to improve in that area in our games coming up this weekend.”

Jamie Sorrell (40), Ronnie Saunders (39) and Michael Bones (30) all made starts for Hornchurch, but no one could go on to hit a significant score.

When Ilford came out to bat, the hosts managed to pick up several wickets with Gordon (2-30) and Zeeshan Khan (3-21) impressing, but the away side still got over the line.

If Hornchurch are to win at current leaders Wanstead on Saturday, they will need to do better with both bat and ball.

Gordon added: “They are a brilliant team and I know a lot of the players in their side and to have so many come through the academy set-up is unreal.

“We know we need to be at our best to beat them, so hopefully we are and it will be a really good game.”

Following Saturday’s match, Hornchurch will compete in T20 finals day again at Billericay CC and look to do better than in recent years.

In 2017 and 2015, they lost in the semi-finals to Upminster and Chelmsford, but Gordon is hoping for better against rivals Brentwood with the last-four tie starting at 11.30am – the same time the other two finalists (Colchester and East Essex and Upminster) will face off at the same ground.

He added: “Hopefully we can make it through to the final and win it because we seem to have been a bit cursed over the last few years.

“Brentwood are a top side, so it won’t be easy, but on our day we know we can beat anyone and T20 is a shorter format, so hopefully a few of us can turn up and deliver.”

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