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Smith: We got a bit lucky

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 June 2015

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

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

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Hornchurch captain reflects on beating another Premier Division side, this time Chelmsford

Hornchurch claimed another Premier League scalp on Sunday as they defeated Chelmsford by four-wickets in the third round of the Essex League Cup but captain Roy Smith admitted they had their fair share of luck.

The Division One side have previously beaten Wanstead this year but loss the toss and had to field at Harrow Lodge when they wanted to bat first themselves.

But lady luck was on Hornchurch’s side after Chelmsford made a bright start, Smith said: “We had a bit of luck against Chelmsford to be honest.

“I lost the toss and they decided to bat and after 10 minutes it started raining. That ‘fruited’ the wicket up a little bit but I would have batted had I won the toss so we got a bit lucky there.

“They were about 50-1 when we made a bowling change and Dean Skipper come on, bowled his medium pace and was a handful for them.

“He really made the difference and got a couple of wickets that did the damage and ensured we got them out for a low score.”

Chelmsford were bowled out for 136 with Skipper picking up 3-17 from his seven overs. Marc Whitlock (3-16) and Billy Gordon (2-18) also impressed.

Although Hornchurch only needed a small total they struggling in their reply and were reduced to 77-4 at one stage with Jamie Sorrell, Gordon, Paul Murray and Smith all back in the shed.

Number four Paul Walter played a mature innings, though, and hit 18 not out to see his side home with Taqi Abbas providing some late fireworks with an explosive 16 from five balls.

Smith added: “We had a little bit of a wobble but it was a wobble against a good Premier League side and they were top going into the weekend.

“Paul is only 21 and is known for being a big hitter, but that was a vital knock. He batted for roughly 16 overs and must have been in for about an hour so he did really well to get us over the line.

“We said to Taqi get your eye in and the first two balls he smashed for two sixes out of the ground. That is what he does and how he plays, it was good to watch.”

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