Ton-up Murray keeps Hornchurch seconds on top

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2017

Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch seconds proved too strong for Harlow as they maintained their hold on top spot in the table.

Paul Murray and Frankie Jacobs put on 71 for the first wicket in quick time, with Jack Manaack (38) helping to add another 86.

Murray went on to record his second century of the season, hitting 15 fours in his 134 as Hornchurch closed on 267-5.

Harlow were never in the hunt as young Edwards Smith (4-32) impressed to make it 11 wickets in three weeks and help seal a 158-run success.

The thirds climbed to the summit in their division with victory over Southend, with Robin Sen and Neil Butler (57) putting on 117 for the first wicket.

Veteran Lowell Mason added a quick 30 in an 82-run stand with Sen, who fell just as he completed his century, after hitting five sixes and eight fours.

Hornchurch closed on 306-8 and then saw stand-in captain Sam Childs nab a brace as Southend lost wickets at regular intervals in reply and were dismissed for 161.

The fourths made a slow start against Orsett, losing early wickets, but Usman Rai (44) and Imran Khan steadied the ship and some big-hitting from Nadeem Muhammed, who hit two sixes and 15 fours in his 74, lifted them to 215.

Orsett lost wickets at regular intervals in reply and came up 10 runs short with their ninth-wicket pair at the crease.

An understrength fifth team were put into bat by Upminster sixths, with only Tony Willison (45) and George Barnacle (26) making much of an impact in their 174-9.

Mark Hortop (60) led Upminster in reply, with Ian Munn (33) also chipping in as they sealed a six-wicket win in 37 overs.

Sunday saw a young Hornchurch under-16s side visit Springfield in the Matchplay competition and suffer in the field as the home side piled up 327-3 from their 40 overs, with Tom Woodruff hitting an unbeaten 160.

George Barnacle fell early in reply, with only Lewis Baker 925) reaching double figures as the visitors were dismissed for 58 in 21 overs.

Manager Colin Smith said “With an average age of just 12, it will be a good learning experience for the future. We hope to be back to full strength for our last group game at the end of the month.”

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