Smith hoping to pile more pain on Orsett

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 June 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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The two teams earned promotion from Division Two last year but have had contrasting starts to the new season

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admits he is surprised to see Orsett struggling at the bottom of the Essex League Division One table after they earned promotion with his side last year.

The two teams meet at Orsett tomorrow (Saturday), with Smith’s men sitting in second place and eyeing another promotion push, but their rivals are in the basement, without a win from their opening four matches.

Smith said: “It’s a bit of a surprise to see them struggling. I thought they would have done a little bit better. Maybe they have lost a few players from last season, it is often hard to tell.

“We will go there confident as always and we will be expecting to get another win. I know they lost one of their good young players because of injury, so perhaps they have struggled to replace him.

“Some teams need more time to click. Only four games are gone so there is a long way to go, but it is good to start the season well because it gives you an edge.”

Smith is looking forward to this weekend’s match and is also pleased that it will be the final timed match before a run of nine successive 50-over games.

He feels the limited overs format suits Hornchurch more and will aid their bid to win the league.

“The wicket at Orsett normally plays quite well and the weather is looking good for Saturday,” added Smith.

“It is nice to be high up in the league already, but I have said before I think it is the 50-over games that we are more suited to and after this weekend we have nine of them coming up.

“We have one more timed game, against Orsett, and then the 50-over stuff, so it will be interesting to see how we get on with them.”

Hornchurch have been busy lately as they beat Ilford at Valentines Park in the Dukes Essex T20 last night (Thursday) by 125 runs.

They beat Loughton in the same competition last week and also played two games at the weekend – registering another success in the league by beating local rivals Upminster by six wickets after bowling them out for 180.

Marc Whitlock (3-38) did the majority of the damage, but it was a real team bowling effort.

Hornchurch eased to victory in reply with Ronnie Saunders seeing his team over the line with 53 not out and Billy Gordon hitting 37 off 42 balls against his old club.

Smith added: “It was pleasing, it was a local derby so we always knew it would be tough, but we just played it like a normal match.

“It was a good win. We did what we needed to do with the ball and we were able to knock the runs off with very little trouble.”

But Hornchurch tasted defeat in the National Cup on Sunday. Premier Division Brentwood bowled them out for 156 and they managed to win by four wickets at Harrow Lodge.

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