Hornchurch Athletic fell to fifth straight defeat to local rivals Rainham

P Crane of Hornchurch Athletic claims the eighth Rainham wicket during Rainham CC (batting) vs Hornc

P Crane of Hornchurch Athletic claims the eighth Rainham wicket during Rainham CC (batting) vs Hornchurch Athletic CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at Spring Farm Park on 22nd May 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Hornchurch Athletic fell to a fifth defeat of the season against local rivals Rainham and the two sides now find themselves at opposite ends of the Hamro Foundation Essex League Division Three table.

Athletic won the toss and decided to field, with Ryan Sammons removing the dangerous Sid Patel for only 16 and Paul Humphries, Neil Hutchison and Paul Crane working their way through the home line-up.

No Rainham batsman was able to get past 25 but everyone chipped in and they made 175, a very useful score in the difficult batting conditions.

Paul Crane was pick of the Athletic attach with 3-25.

Athletic’s innings got off to a disastrous start and they were soon in deep trouble at 5-3.


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There was a good recovery from Billy Robinson (40) and Dan Stone (29) as they got to 70 without further loss.

Rainham CC (batting) vs Hornchurch Athletic CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at Spring Farm

Rainham CC (batting) vs Hornchurch Athletic CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at Spring Farm Park on 22nd May 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

But after Robinson was out, Jon O’Neil (4-25) worked his way through the middle order and Athletic were dismissed for 133.

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