Shenfield see off Hornchurch in season opener

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2017

Tom Ballington in batting action for Shenfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Tom Ballington in batting action for Shenfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hosts earn Essex League Premier Division bragging rights

Shenfield earned the bragging rights over Hornchurch in their Essex League Premier Division derby.

Put into bat by visiting skipper Roy Smith, they lost Harsh Kumar without scoring to Mehad Khan with only nine runs on the board.

But Shenfield skipper Jack Kliber (43) put on 55 for the second wicket with Ryan Plom, hitting two sixes and six fours before becoming the first of four victims for Billy Gordon.

Plom was trapped lbw by Gordon for 25, while Haris Mahmood edged behind to Michael Bones and Taqi Abbas struck twice in quick succession to remove Ollie Ekers and Matt Salisbury.

And when Gordon (4-75) got rid of Jamie Walton, Shenfield were in trouble at 107-7, before Jack Plom and Tom Ballington recovered the innings.

Plom hit a six and three fours in a watchful 34 from 74 balls, while Ballington struck 12 boundaries in his 79 from 103 deliveries.

Chamikara Mudalige made the breakthrough to get rid of Plom, with Brian Barnard (2-31) wrapping up the innings at 248 in the 64th over.

But Shenfield were the much happier of the two sides at the change of innings and saw Jack Plom and Salisbury strike early with the new ball to remove Hornchurch openers Jamie Sorrell and Bones.

Barnard hit four fours in a cameo 19, which proved Hornchurch’s top score, before becoming the first victim of Arshad Ali.

Salisbury worked his way through the middle order to reduce the visitors to 95-8, before Luke Edwards, Mudalige and last man Mehad Khan offered some late defiance.

And Salisbury completed a 5-68 haul when dismissing Edwards, before Ali (4-39) wrapped up a 111-run win for the home side.

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