Wade is Hornchurch Athletic matchwinner

PUBLISHED: 08:10 15 July 2016

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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All-rounder impresses in crucial victory

A great all-round performance by Mike Wade saw Hornchurch Athletic to a crucial victory over Rayleigh seconds.

Athletic had been looking at defeat as they crashed to 27-4 chasing 170, before a superb counterattacking 55 from Dave Walters put them back in the game.

But there was still a lot to do after Walters was out and it was Wade who took control of the tail, hitting a matchwinning 29 and sharing vital stands with Tyler Marks (18) and Andy Beesley to seal a two-wicket win.

Wade had earlier starred with the ball taking a club best 5-31 as he ran through the Rayleigh lower order.

And another win at Goresbrook seconds this weekend will put Athletic right back into the promotion mix.

Athletic’s seconds remain without a win since mid-May after going down by 22 runs at Writtle.

Lak Gill (2-14) and Alex Hardy (2-37) nabbed braces as the hosts made 198-6 and Gill (67) led Athletic to a position of strength at 159-4.

But they lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs as the wait goes on.

The thirds moved out of the relegation zone after a seven-wicket win over Old Chelmsfordians, who made 195-4, as Nadeem (103) and Steve Richards (43) shone with the bat.

But the fourths remain bottom of the table after losing by three wickets to St John’s Billericay, with Tom Troubridge (28) their top scorer in a below-par 130 total.

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