Roy Smith thrilled for Michael Bones and to see Hornchurch Cricket Club deliver two good performances at the weekend
PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:34 20 July 2016
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Premier Division outfit thrashed Colchester before putting up fine fight with Chelmsford in last eight of the League Cup on Sunday
Roy Smith was delighted to see Hornchurch opener Michael Bones reach three figures on Saturday.
The Harrow Lodge Park skipper watched West Indian batsman Rashidi Boucher smashed a second successive century in the Essex League Premier Division at the weekend.
He scored 122 and Bones added 103 as Hornchurch posted a formidable 349-4 off their 50 overs at home to Colchester.
The visitors were eventually dismissed for 257 and Smith was thrilled with the display of his team.
But to see Bones hit a century, a week after he had scored 66 and the Hornchurch skipper challenged him to kick on next time, was especially pleasing for the captain.
“He must have listened! It was great to see him get to three figures and the first one he has got in first XI league cricket,” said Smith.
“To get it in the Premier Division is very pleasing and hopefully he takes a lot of confidence from this. He knows he can do it now and it would be fantastic to see him carry on now and do it even more.”
Another ton from Boucher also delighted Hornchurch with the Barbados ace now fully settled in at Harrow Lodge.
With the weather finally turning nice and conditions suiting the batter a bit more, Smith is hoping he can keep up his hot streak.
He added: “You never know how an overseas will settle in. You know you are getting a good player, but you see it in football sometimes. A great player will come over, but might not settle at a club or the team just isn’t right for him.
“Rashidi has settled in now, the wickets are getting a bit harder and the weather is nice as well. He is already talking about coming back again next year so he must be enjoying it with us.”
Paul Walter was promoted up the order against Colchester and responded with 55 off just 29 balls.
The Essex all-rounder shone with the ball afterwards, finishing with 4-47 as he combined well with Tom Moore (3-43) to bowl out the away side for 257.
“We made the decision to move Paul up to three because he can be very explosive with the bat,” said Smith.
“It worked a trick, I think he reached his fifty off 27 balls and batted really well before Billy Gordon come in and kept the tempo up excellent too. Everything went right for us.”
Hornchurch didn’t have much time to celebrate their victory as the following day they hosted Chelmsford in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
A tough encounter was expected up against the 2015 Premier Division champions and a thriller occurred.
Smith’s men, despite missing Jamie Sorrell, Paul Murray and Walter, managed to post 249-9 from their 45 overs.
Bones hit 42 before Gordon (55) and the captain (50) added half centuries and Chris Sains scored a quick-fire 41.
Chamikara Mudalige impressed with the ball in reply and claimed 4-48, but Chelmsford got home with one wicket to spare and just three balls remaining.
“Sunday was a great game and if you are going to lose a match, you don’t mind losing it like that,” said Smith. “Chelmsford had a few missing as well like us so it was a pretty even contest in that respect.
“We batted really well to get up to 249 in the end because their seamers played very well. The leg spinner Karamat Ali bowled extremely well and you couldn’t play any shots against him.
“Rashidi and ‘Bonesy’ got us off to a good start at the top with a nice tempo and me and Billy were watchful against Ali.
“With us doing that and seeing him off, it helped the rest of the lads down the order and ‘Sainsy’ was back. It was only his third proper game of the season and he’s not had much practice, but smacked 41 in quick time.”
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