Hornchurch spinner Panesar praises team-mates and the spirit in treble-winning side

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 12 September 2018

M Panesar in bowling action for Hornchurch during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 1st September 2018

M Panesar in bowling action for Hornchurch during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 1st September 2018

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Former England spinner Monty Panesar says despite winning an Essex League treble with Hornchurch the best part of the season has been the team spirit.

The 36-year-old Panesar, also known as the Python, joined the club ahead of the 2018 season and helped guide the Harrow Lodge side to the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title in his debut season.

The former Essex and Northampshire bowler also helped Billy Gordon’s side bag the T20 title and Essex League Cup during an unforgettable summer.

“Everyone is over the moon, everyone loves the fact that we’ve won the treble, some of the players can’t believe it, so this is special moment at Hornchurch,” Panesar said.

“It feels amazing winning all three trophies at a club level. We’ve really gelled well as a team and we’ve grown a lot of support from the club.

“Everyone has just really loved playing with each other and I think that has been the highlight of the season.

“Of course, everyone has enjoyed winning, but everyone has just loved playing with each other throughout the season.”

Hornchurch had to come up against near rivals Wanstead & Snaresbrook in their final home match of the campaign to seal the title.

And they went on to seal a comfortable seven wicket victory against Joe Ellis-Grewal’s side thanks to the help of Panesar (7-54) who stepped up and guided the bowling unit to a strong start by bowling their opponents out for 159.

“I’m pleased with that and pleased with the performance, I think that the ball was coming out well, and my rhythm has been good throughout the whole season so I was very pleased with taking seven wickets,” he added.

“It was a big game for us. I think a lot of the players were quite excited and quite nervous as well, and it was good to see that.

“Everyone contributed and the way we won the game was really good. Wanstead are a strong team, the track was spinning and we were always a little bit unsure if we could cross the line as they’ve got good players.”

Panesar then went onto praise the entire squad for their efforts during the season and feels they gave their chairman Jeremy West a good anniversary present.

“The players have been fantastic all season and it’s a very special moment. Our chairman Jeremy, it was his 40th anniversary, so it’s a nice present we’ve given him, the treble.”


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