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Roy Smith looking for Hornchurch Cricket Club to build more momentum in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 May 2016

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith gives instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith gives instructions in the field (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Harrow Lodge Park captain praises work of chairman Jeremy West after Ed Smith made his debut at the age of 15 last weekend

Roy Smith wants Hornchurch to be positive again when they visit Colchester & East Essex in the Essex League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday).

After beating Buckhurst Hill by eight wickets in their first top flight match since 2005 last weekend, Hornchurch defeated Upminster by 81 runs to book a spot in the next round of the Royal London Club Championships on Sunday.

The Harrow Lodge Park outfit have started the campaign with five wins out of five and captain Smith is hoping to extend that 100 per cent record at Castle Park this weekend.

He said: “Colchester have a nice ground, a good pitch and it will be a tougher game compared to the one we got last weekend at home.

“We won’t underestimate any opposition this season, but we want to keep pushing on and moving forward. I want us to try and win this game, be positive and keep taking it one match at a time in the division.”

Another success would add to the momentum and growing confidence already present at Hornchurch.

They have sealed back-to-back promotions in recent years and Smith has his eyes set on more this season.

He added: “Building momentum is the aim and the secret to doing well is to keep winning because it becomes a habit.

“When you lose, it affects your confidence, but if you keep winning, everything becomes a little bit easier, people know their roles and the game plan and follow it.

“We have a few new players involved this season so we are still finding out about each others strengths and weaknesses, but we want to do well again this year.

“Hopefully we can get to the final in a cup competition or win one and in the league it is about seeing what happens.”

Something Hornchurch are aiming to do this season – in addition to achieving more success – is promoting more youngsters from their academy.

Ed Smith, 15, was given his debut against Buckhurst Hill last weekend and shone with the ball to finish with 3-23.

Mohib Shah (3-45) also impressed against his old club as Hornchurch dismissed the visitors for 172.

Jamie Sorrell carried his bat during the chase to finish 83 not out and help his team start their league campaign with a big victory at Harrow Lodge Park.

“We are trying to bring the youngsters through at the club and give them opportunities when they’re ready,” said Smith.

“The club feels strongly about bringing young people through and for Ed to make his Premier debut at 15 is unbelievable.

“He has a bright future and is a product of the Cricket For All programme that the chairman Jeremy West started at the club quite a while ago. It has produced a lot of players.”

After Saturday’s win, Smith and his players faced Upminster the next day and posted 272-7 from their 45 overs.

Billy Gordon smashed 81 off 85 balls against his former club with Michael Bones (39 not out) another to shine with the bat.

Chamikara Mudalige did most of the damage with the ball as he finished with 5-38 from his nine overs to dismiss Upminster for 191.

The home side were in a good position at 121-1 at one stage, but Hornchurch had too much for them in the end.

Smith said: “I think that is five wins out of five for the season in competitive games and we need to keep the wheels rolling.

“Confidence will grow if we keep winning and we have a few new players involved so we are still finding out each others strengths and weaknesses.

“We want to do well this year in the cup competitions and get to a final or win one and in the league it is about taking it one game at a time.”

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