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Hornchurch fast bowler Khan says team spirit has brought success to the club this term

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 September 2018

Hornchurch players Zeeshan Khan, Roy Smith and Mehad Khan at the start of the 2018 season (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players Zeeshan Khan, Roy Smith and Mehad Khan at the start of the 2018 season (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch right-arm fast bowler Mehad Khan says it was a huge achievement for the club to finish the season as treble winners, writes Jacob Ranson.

Mehad Khan of Hornchurch celebrates taking the wicket of Will Buttleman during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 2nd June 2018Mehad Khan of Hornchurch celebrates taking the wicket of Will Buttleman during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 2nd June 2018

Khan finished the season as the club’s leading wicket-taker with 64, eight ahead of former England spinner Monty Panesar as well as overseas Muhammad Irfan, who had 36 despite missing a third of the campaign.

And Khan’s fine form helped the club bag the Premier Division title, the Essex T20 and Essex League Cup crowns during a memorable summer.

The former Wanstead & Snaresbrook player insisted it was a strong team effort that sealed their success this term.

“It was a team effort, everyone performed really well as we did last year, but we didn’t finish at the top, whereas this year everyone performed, so we’re now the champions,” Khan said.

“This is the third trophy we’ve won this season – T20, 50 overs, and now the league – so it has been a huge achievement for the club and we’re really thankful to the people who have been coming here to support us.”

The bowler’s stand-out performance came in a 118-run victory against Orsett & Thurrock in the cup when he picked up five wickets for just eight runs.

After suffering an injury-hit 2017 season, where he still managed 38 wickets, Khan was delighted to rekindle his form and praised the help of captain Billy Gordon and spinner Panesar for helping him improve his game.

“It was a really hard one for me last year as I got injured in the middle of the season, but this year I’ve finished on the top and done really well,” he added.

“The team really support me. Billy really helps me, and especially Monty. He helps me a lot with the ball and tells me how to do a lot of different things thanks to his experience of playing internationally for England.

“I’ve picked up a lot of experience from him and he’s a really nice person.”

Khan also praised the team spirit amongst the squad this season and feels it played a huge part in their success this season, adding: “The team spirit, everyone performing well, supporting each other helped us win it in the end.”

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