Hornchurch win again; Upminster lose

PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 June 2015

Ronnie Saunders in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ronnie Saunders in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Max Osborne in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Max Osborne in bowling action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Unbeaten Hornchurch made it four wins out of five with success at Orsett to keep pace with Division One leaders Southend.

Captain Roy Smith put the hosts into bat after winning the toss and took a catch off the bowling of Max Osborne to make the breakthrough with Orsett’s score on 32.

Osborne struck again to remove the other opening batsman and Chamikara Mudalige ran out Jarret Bob to leave Orsett 62-3.

Mohammed Ahktar held firm at the other end and put on 40 with Kirk Laws, who edged Mudalige behind to Paul Murray, and another 67 with Alex Karkoski who hit 40 off 38 balls before being run out by Smith.

But after Ahktar fell for 82, edging Mark Whitlock to Murray, the home side closed on 212-9.

Osborne (3-48) finished as the pick of the Hornchurch attack and the visitors reached 43 before losing Murray.

Jamie Sorrell and Billy Gordon put on 82 for the seconod wicket, with Sorrell hitting two sixes and 10 fours before falling for 77.

Gordon reached 41 before falling with the score on 181 and Smith departed cheaply soon after, but Ronnie Saunders finished unbeaten on 63, from just 49 deliveries as Hornchurch sealed a six-wicket win.

In-form Saunders hit two sixes and seven fours in his entertaining knock, but Southend successfully chased 285 at Hutton to go into the next nine weeks of limited-overs matches with a 10-point lead over Smith’s men.

Neighbours Upminster are still searching for their first win, and find themselves in the bottom two, after losing at home to Hadleigh.

Captain John Curtis chose to bat after winning the toss, but although all of the top five made starts, none could go on to a big score.

Junaid Sarwar’s unbeaten 35 led the way as Upminster were dismissed for 152 in the 41st over.

And Hadleigh eased to an eight-wicket win thanks to an unbroken 102-run stand between opener Paul Tibbenham (72 not out) and Max Holmes (58 not out).

Hornchurch welcome Harlow to Harrow Lodge Park next weekend, while Upminster entertain Orsett.

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