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Roy Smith's disappointed by Hornchurch Cricket Club's shock loss to Chingford Cricket Club in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 August 2016

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's Marc Whitlock (left) looks on with captain Roy Smith at Harrow Lodge Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Harrow Lodge Park club struggled with ball and although got in winning position, ended up on losing side at the weekend

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith was left frustrated after watching his team fall short in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

Chingford made the trip to Harrow Lodge Park looking to complete a double over the hosts after winning their earlier meeting at the Forest Side Ground by two wickets.

Smith lost the toss and the away side batted first and managed to rack up 296-3 from their 50 overs.

Ben MacGregor struck 136 at the top of the order and fellow opener Muhasher Hassan hit 103, with Marc Whitlock (3-53) the only bowler to claim any success for the hosts.

“It was a frustrating day for us, our bowling wasn’t up to scratch and our fielding wasn’t either,” said Smith.

“We lost the toss, which was a blow because we wanted to have a bat first on a nice, sunny day. Billy Gordon had a slight knee injury too.

“He felt it towards the end of his second over, but carried on through the pain and bowled a third and as a consequence, he went for a few.

“It was a big blow because he’s a very reliable bowler with the new ball and Chamikara Mudalige was struggling with an injury. All of this happening on the same day!”

Although injury didn’t help Hornchurch’s cause, Smith was full of praise for Chingford and admitted they batted and bowled well.

The hosts put up a strong challenge in reply and Rashidi Boucher hit 40 at the top of the order, while Michael Bones fell for the same score.

Gordon (75) and Smith (85) got Hornchurch into a winning position at 270-3, but both then fell in quick succession and the hosts could only reach 285-8 off their 50 overs.

Smith added: “You can’t take anything away from Chingford, they did bat extremely well and both of their openers were excellent.

“We did create an opportunity quite early on to get rid of Mubasher, but he was dropped and went on to get a century.

“Their total was over par, but we were still confident and felt it was gettable. A few people got out early to loose shots, but me and Billy were going well and got us into a winning position.

“Unfortunately he got bowled and I got caught behind by the wicker-keeper standing up to the seamer.

“Even when we went, we were only five down and had Paul Walter coming in, so we felt we could still win. For some reason, we just found it really hard to get runs and couldn’t get it away and it cost us.

“We needed 35 runs off five overs and had seven wickets in hand so we got into a position where we should have won.”

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