Murray targets league win for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 May 2011

Hornchurch wicketkeeper Paul Murray appeals

Hornchurch wicketkeeper Paul Murray appeals

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Captain set to make changes to his side for Harold Wood clash

Hornchurch captain Paul Murray is hoping his side can register their first league win of the season tomorrow.

Murray’s side host local rivals Harold Wood in a Division One clash, and with neither side having registered a victory on the opening day of the season is anticipating a tough game.

“Harold Wood will be a tough game for sure, but they lost last week too as did we,” he said.

“Their confidence would have taken a knock, but I back us to beat any team in the division on our day.”

Hornchurch suffered a 60-run defeat away to Orsett last weekend, and the visitors lost the toss and were made to field.

They got off to a great start when Danny Evans dismissed the home side’s opening batsman for a duck.

The hosts recovered, but Billy Gordon then skittled through Orsett’s middle order, restricting them to 70-4.

However, Jason Plom proved the thorn in Hornchurch’s side, as his 105 runs guided the hosts to 220-7.

Gordon, Dean Skipper and Chris Sains dismissed Orsett’s tail-end as the hosts reached 280 all out from their 50 allotted overs.

In reply, captain Murray and Gordon put on a first-wicket partnership of 77, before two balls in quick succession dismissed the opening pair.

The visitors’ middle order then collapsed, putting on just 12 runs for three wickets.

Mark Whitlock (56) attempted to steady the ship, but Hornchurch limped to 220 all out with just under five overs remaining.

“It was a disappointing day for us,” said Murray.

“The disappointment started before a ball had been bowled, when Richard Sherlock was unable to bowl due to a back problem.

“If he had been fit, it could have been a different game completely.”

Murray was quick to point out that Orsett’s centurian Plom, was fortunate to reach his 105.

“He definitely rode his luck. It wasn’t a pretty century, it was full of edges, and we dropped him a couple of times too.”

The Hornchurch captain also praised bowler Gordon, who finished with figures of 5-49.

“Billy did really well”, he said.

“He had to step up when we found out that Richard couldn’t bowl and he delivered. He is a good player and we know what he is capable of.”

Murray also admitted he was disappointed with the way that he was dismissed.

“Myself and Billy got off to a great start, before two silly shots saw us both get out,” he said.

“Then we just collapsed. Every year Hornchurch seem to collapse at some point in the season – hopefully it is out of the way now.

“Then Mark Whitlock came in and batted well. He has been asking to be moved up the batting order and he showed what he can do.”

Murray revealed that he will be making changes to his side for tomorrow’s crucial game.

“There will be a few changes and I will be fit to keep wicket, but we will have to wait and see if Sherlock is fit,” he said.

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