Smith ‘disappointed’ with loss
PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 June 2015
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Hornchurch captain reflects on National Cup exit to rivals Brentwood
Hornchurch suffered their first competitive loss of the season when Brentwood beat them by four wickets in the National Cup on Sunday and captain Roy Smith wasn’t pleased with their performance.
The Division One hosts fancied their chances against their Premier League opposition but got off to the worst possible start at Harrow Lodge.
Joe Buttleman ran through the top four to leave Paul Walter (39) and Smith (38) to rebuild with the score 39-4.
After getting Hornchurch back into the contest, the pair were dismissed in quick succession and they were eventually bowled out for 156 in 40.4 overs.
Smith said: “It was a case of us having 15 overs to go and Paul and I were batting quite comfortably.
“But we needed to accelerate because we knew we still had people waiting. We tried to up the run rate and as we did we lost a couple of wickets.”
Brentwood went on to win by four wickets with Essex second team player Tom Phillippe seeing his team home with 55 not out.
Billy Gordon did his best to give Hornchurch a chance by taking three wickets for 22 runs and Chamikara Mudalige nabbed 2-48 from his nine overs.
However it was the host’s low total with the bat that ensured they were always behind the eight ball and Brentwood secured the win.
Smith added: “It was a dogged innings from Tom Phillppe, it wasn’t that fluent but he hung around.
“He did what he had to do to get his team over the line. If he had got out we might have had a bit more of a sniff of winning.
“We got most of their top guns out and if we had 30 or 40 runs I would have fancied us to win.”
The most frustrated aspect of the match was Hornchurch’s performance according to their captain.
“I was obviously disappointed, but more disappointed about the way we played rather than the result,” added Smith.
“If we could have played how we are capable of playing then I was confident we would have got the win. It was manner of the performance that disappointed me more than anything else.”
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