Hornchurch win after Hainault forfeit
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2015
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Division One clash ends in controversy
Hornchurch maintained their Essex League Division One promotion hopes with success at Hainault, amid some controversy at Oakfield.
Having dismissed the home side for 186, Hornchurch were 57-0 when rain interrupted play at 5pm.
After a long delay, umpires Hubert Graham and Paul Richardson deemed the ground playable for a 7.30pm restart, but Hainault captain Ryan Hurst disagreed and forfeited the match.
That allowed Hornchurch to leapfrog Southend, beaten by Shenfield in another rain-affected match, and take over at the top of the table with a three-point cushion.
Hurst had lost the toss at the start of the day and fallen for a single to Max Osborne, who removed Mousshin Ismail first ball to leave Hainault 4-2.
Billy Gordon struck at the other end to dismiss Umair Shafiq and Hassan Shafiq with successive deliveries as the hosts slumped to 18-4.
But Rameez Rehman (22) and Irfan Shah led a recovery of sorts with a 68-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Mark Whitlock ended Rehman’s resistance and bowled Etinder Bopara two balls later to make it 86-6.
Yasin Patel fell to Chamikara Mudalige after showing some defiance, with Shah following for 63 after hitting two sixes and seven fours.
Mudalige removed Bilal Makodia without further addition to the score to leave Hainault 135-9, but the home side’s last-wicket pairing of Umar Shafiq and Sadiq Ullah Kamal put on a vital 51 before Taqi Abbas bowled Shafiq for 35 in the final over to end the innings.
Mudalige (3-37) finished as the pick of Hornchurch’s attack, after Osborne (2-28), Gordon (2-33) and Whitlock (2-35) also impressed in their 10-over spells.
And Gordon hit six boundaries in a quickfire unbeaten 27, putting on 57 in 10 overs with Jamie Sorrell before the rains came.
After a lenghty hold-up, Hornchurch were ready to get their chase back on, but home skipper Hurst did not believe the ground was playable and the visitors were awarded the match.