Roy Smith enjoys a very satisfying day as captain of Hornchurch Cricket Club
PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 July 2016
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Skipper delighted with victory over Colchester, Rashidi Boucher, his bowling attack and praises Chamikara Mudalige
Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admitted last Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division victory at home to Colchester couldn’t really have gone any better.
The Harrow Lodge Park outfit won the toss, batted first and a hot day and piled on the runs – eventually they finished on 349-4.
It was always going to be too much for Colchester, but Hornchurch still managed to remain professional and bowled the visitors all out for 257 to earn a 92 run success.
Smith’s men remain second in the table, 14 points behind league leaders Wanstead, but 16 ahead of their nearest challengers Chelmsford.
He said: “Saturday couldn’t have been better. I won the toss and we batted first on a nice, sunny day on a decent track.
“When it’s like that you hope you can take full advantage of the conditions and we certainly did.”
Hornchurch’s openers both scored centuries at Harrow Lodge Park with Rashidi Boucher hitting back-to-back tons after making 114 at Buckhurst Hill the previous week.
Michael Bones continued his fine form and scored 103 – his first ton since 2014 while Essex’s Paul Walter added 55 off just 29 balls.
Boucher doesn’t normally open the batting for Hornchurch, but with regular pair Jamie Sorrell and Paul Murray unavailable, he did this time and smashed 122 off 108 balls.
Smith added: “It was easy in a way to push Rashidi up the order because he opens back in Barbados so we know it is a job he can do.
“Obviously it is clear to see he likes the ball coming on and the new ball suits him in that respect.
“He just continued where he left off at Buckhurst Hill and batted even better actually, he didn’t give any chances away.”
Despite having such a large score to defend, Hornchurch didn’t let up and managed to dismiss Colchester for 257 in the 45th over.
Walter (4-47) and fellow Essex team mate Tom Moore (3-43) linked up well again to ensure Smith saw his side finish the match with over five overs to spare.
He said: “Paul and Tom compliment each other well with the left-arm bowling of Paul and the right-arm bowling of Tom.
“Both are good at getting the ball in dangerous areas where they will take wickets and they’ve done very well for us this season.”
Hornchurch were back in action again on Sunday as they played host to Chelmsford in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Smith was without Walter, Sorrell and Murray, but his team produced a thriller with the 2015 Premier Division champions.
After losing the toss, Hornchurch were made to bat first, but managed to reach 249-9 off their 45 overs.
Boucher’s fine form continued as he scored 42 at the top of the order before Billy Gordon (55) kept the runs flowing and Smith reached his fifty, while Chris Sains added 41 off just 25 balls.
Hornchurch picked up wickets at regular intervals in reply and it was Chamikara Mudalige (4-48) leading from the front.
Mo Shah claimed 2-47, while Marc Whitlock (1-41) and Ed Smith (1-47) picked up scalps, but Chelmsford won with just one wicket in hand and only three balls remaining.
“Chami is not at his fittest, he is struggling with a few niggles, but is carrying on for us,” said Smith.
“All we needed was a few of the other guys to bowl with more discipline and we would have won.
“The disappointing thing was we did almost everything right and got all of their big players out.
“But Chelmsford’s young lad at the end played very well and fully deserved his man of the match award.”
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