Roy Smith delighted with Hornchurch Cricket Club spinners

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:30 11 May 2016

Chamikara Mudalige impressed for Hornchurch on Sunday in the Royal London Club Championship (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Chamikara Mudalige impressed for Hornchurch on Sunday in the Royal London Club Championship (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Harrow Lodge Park captain reflects on two victories against Buckhurst Hill and Upminster at the weekend

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is delighted with his spinners after they continued their strong start to the 2016 campaign last weekend during two matches in different competitions.

Mohib Shah picked up three wickets at home to his old club Buckhurst Hill in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday to help inspire an eight-wicket success.

Ed Smith, just 15, was another to shine and claimed 3-23 from his eight overs on his debut for the club.

The following day Hornchurch visited Upminster in the Royal London Club Championship and Chamikara Mudalige helped turn the game back in their favour with 5-38.

It enabled Roy Smith’s men to bowl out their rivals for 191 to earn an 81-run success and a spot in the next round.

“Upminster put us under a lot of pressure when we were in the field and their young fella Julian Whetstone batted really well for his ton,” said Hornchurch’s skipper.

“I brought the seam of Paul Walter on and he dragged it back for us with a few tight overs and then we threw ‘Chami’ the ball.

“He bowled lovely and got a couple to go through the gate. He got their number two, three, four and the skipper Alan Ison - that was a big wicket for us.

“At the moment he is suspended in the league for two games, he missed last weekend and will miss this Saturday as well.

“He is allowed to play in the cups, though, and he was nice and fresh for the Upminster match and is looking a lot fitter now.

“Last year he struggled at times with injuries, he had a bad back, but seems over all of those problems now.”

With Mudalige unavailable in the league, it allowed spinner Ed Smith to be given his debut at Harrow Lodge Park against Buckhurst Hill.

He shone alongside Shah (3-45) and Hornchurch’s captain was thrilled with the duo as they helped bowl the visitors out for 168.

Roy Smith added: “Mohib did well, it’s not easy against your old mates who he would have played with last season and for a few years.

“He bowled impressively and the toss was important actually and I wasn’t sure what to do because it was a hot day.

“The sun was out but I looked at the opposition and thought we’d put them in because it would be difficult first up.

“We managed to get some early wickets, which was the plan, and after we were always in control. The bowlers did a great job.

“Young Ed bowled his first over just before lunch. It was a very good over. After that I thought I’d let him continue and he got through eight in the end and picked up three weeks. He did brilliantly.”

Jamie Sorrell led the chase with 83 not out off 122 balls as Hornchurch reached their total in the 41st over.

It ensured they began the Premier Division campaign with a comprehensive victory and the captain added: “I’m pleased for Jamie.

“He’s come on unbelievable well over the last couple of years since I’ve been here and has worked hard for his place in the team and is there on merit.

“On Saturday he batted superbly. I hope he can continue this good form and keep it going for the rest of the season.”

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