Ilford inflict another loss on Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 August 2016

Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGS Photo)

Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGS Photo)

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Essex all-rounder Zaidi shines with bat and ball

Rashidi Boucher hits out for Hornchurch (pic: Graham Hodges)Rashidi Boucher hits out for Hornchurch (pic: Graham Hodges)

Ilford gave their Essex League Premier Division survival hopes a notable boost while inflicting more misery on Hornchurch at Harrow Lodge Park.

Hornchurch had been chasing long-time leaders Wanstead for most of the season, in their first year back in the top flight, but have suffered three successive defeats and slipped down the table in recent weeks.

Home captain Roy Smith chose to bat first after winning the toss on his return to an understrength Hornchurch side and saw Michael Bones and Jamie Sorrell (22) make a solid start, before falling in quick succession to Ashar Zaidi and Theeban Tavarasa respectively.

Tavarasa dismissed Billy Gordon and Joe Moffat in the space of four balls to leave the hosts 47-4, but Smith then joined Rashidi Boucher at the crease and the pair rebuilt the Hornchurch innings.

Ilford's Nigel Jacobs (pic: Graham Hodges)Ilford's Nigel Jacobs (pic: Graham Hodges)

West Indian Boucher curbed his attacking instint to make a matchful 44 off 77 balls, hitting a six and four fours, as the fifth-wicket pair put on 108, before he edged Essex all-rounder Zaidi behind to Saf Imtiaz.

And Smith went on to reach 74 off 122 deliveries, having hit a six and nine fours, before he was dismissed by Mohammed Ahktar to leave his side 182-6.

Ahktar (3-66) struck twice more to send Chamikara Mudalige and Sam Peiris packing, either side of Kevin Gibson’s run out, before Zaidi (3-36) dismissed Myles Wells to wrap up the innings on 223.

And Ilford got off to a flying start in reply as Nigel Jacobs hit three sixes and six fours in his 44 off just 28 balls, dominating a 59-run stand in eight overs with Hamza Muhammad before falling caught and bowled to Wells.

Abid Ali added 24 off 21 deliveries, before falling to Bones with the score on 103, but Imtiaz fell cheaply to Ed Smith.

Muhammad was then stumped by Peiris off Bones for 38, making it 144-4, but Zaidi and Ahktar saw the visitors to their target with few alarms.

Zaidi hit three sixes and eight fours to finish unbeaten on 73, from just 54 balls, and Ahktar was 26 not out at the other end as Ilford secured their six-wicket victory.

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