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Smith: Hornchurch deserved victory

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 June 2015

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

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

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Captain feels team were the better side after game ends in controversy

Roy Smith believes Hornchurch were good value for their win against Hainault in a match shortened by rain.

The hosts batted first at Oakfield and were bowled out 186 after an impressive 63 from Irfan Shah.

Hornchurch had made their way to 57 without loss from 10 overs before the heavens opened shortly before 5pm with play halted for over two and a half hours.

When the game was set to resume, Hainault captain Ryan Hurst believed the outfield was still too wet and would have posed an injury threat to his players.

The hosts chose not to return to the pitch and thus forfeited the game to Hornchurch, but skipper Smith says his team had done enough to merit the win.

“We showed that we had played them off the park and we had made a good start to the run chase so I had full confidence in us chasing it down,” he said.

“We knew the weather was always going to be a bit iffy so the plan was if we won the toss we would bat second as you get the calculated score if it rains and that proved the case again.”

Controversy arose in the match when the umpires decided to resume proceedings with Hornchurch needing a further 18 runs from 10 overs following a revised target.

Hurst, though, believed that the wet weather had caused the outfield to become slippery and a risk to his players’ safety.

When Hainault chose not come out, the match was given to Hornchurch and Smith said he was surprised as he thought his side had taken to the field in worse conditions earlier in the campaign.

“The umpires are in charge of cricket matches and they are the ones who decide,” he added.

“It wasn’t going to be perfect but we played on a slippery outfield two weeks ago. I thought the run-ups and wickets looked fine.”

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