Smith hails Hornchurch's batting
PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 June 2015
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Captain thrilled following 222-run success against Hutton in Division One
Hornchurch extended their lead at the top of the Essex League Division One table to 17 points following a 222-run triumph over Hutton on Saturday to leave captain Roy Smith delighted.
After winning the toss, Billy Gordon cracked 112 for the hosts and Smith (50), Paul Walter (73) and Max Osborne (51) all smashed rapid fifties on a wonderful day for batting.
Chris Sains hit 37 off 14 balls as well to ensure the league leaders reached 392-9 from their 50 overs at Harrow Lodge.
Hutton were never likely to chase that down but if they were, Indian Premier League batsmen Hanuma Vihari, of Sunrisers Hyderabad, needed to get a huge score but Osborne dismissed him for 47.
Hornchurch eventually bowled out their opponents for 170 but their captain was mainly just purring about another stunning display with the bat.
Smith said: “From start to finish it was brilliant. Winning the toss was important for us on a nice sunning day and on a decent wicket.
“Let’s get the runs on the board and that is exactly what we did. Billy played superbly and he is one of the guys the rest of the team can just bat around.
“It was nice to get a few runs myself, with our team we have got so much strength in our batting line up and it was a case of getting as many runs as you can and at a high tempo.
“After me we had Max, Paul and Chamikara Mudalige and everyone was playing for the team, nobody was selfish and we had ‘Sainsy’ smashing it as well.”
Smith was well aware of how important it was to get Vihari out for a low total and Osborne was able to do that and picked up 2-38 from his seven-over spell.
Gordon (2-37) and Mudalige (2-39) were their destructive best as well before Taqi Abbas ramped up the win by going through the tail and finish with 4-39.
“Hutton’s danger man was Hanuma Vihari, the IPL batsmen and Indian first class player,” added Smith.
“We knew he was a class player and if he got a massive score and we had worked hard there was nothing we could do but we got him for 40, which was brilliant.
“Max bowled superbly and it was a good scalp for him an IPL batsmen and once he went it was plain sailing for us.”