Cricket: Horndon make it three in a row

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Basildon & Pitsea 1st X1 160 all out vs Horndon on the Hill 1st X1 162-9

HORNDON made it three wins on the spin on Saturday as they travelled to bottom of the league Basildon. Winning the toss the visitor elected to field and were rewarded with the early wicket of Steven Ayres. Opening bowler Harry-Morgan James caused problems for the home team’s top order as he dismantled the top order finishing with 4 wickets for 35 runs of his 10 overs. Tom Poole (43) & Lloyd Lambert (21) batted well to rebuild the innings before a brilliant bit of fielding from Morgan-James ran out Poole. Mo Asif entered the attack for the visitors and picked up three quick wickets as his spin was too good for the tail enders. Horndon had been set a very gettable 160. Horndon got off to a rocky start.

Opener Jack Walsh left a straight one and was bowled by Dan Bedford and Stone followed shortly for a quickfire 18. The opening attack of Bedford and Thompson was causing problems and it was only Mo Asif (50) who showed much resistance as the middle order collapsed with Bedford picking up 4 wickets and Thompson 3. The outlook was bleak for Horndon as Jack Marson went in at 9 to join Sayers with 55 still required. The partnership did not last as Sayers shortly departed as did Morgan-James for just 2.

With Horndon still needing 45 and Basildon only the 1 wicket to win Ryan Madder joined Marson at the crease. Despite intense pressure from the home side both Marson and Madder batted with confidence and some poor fielding from Basildon only boosted the visitors moo. Both Batsmen punished any bad balls from the spinners and 45 soon became 10 to win and the tables had turned. A fine four from Marson and some quick singles reduced the score to just 3 to win when Madder won the game with an edge through slip for four. Basildon will surely rue their dropped catches but a quite magnificent partnership of 45, Marson finishing on 29* and Madder 21* won it for Horndon.

Horndon on the Hill 2nd xi 218-9 Vs Benfleet 2nd xi 87ao

Division leaders Horndon showed their class against Benfleet. Batting first Horndon finished on 218-9. In form Robert Hutcherson hit 55 and was backed up well with all of the top six chipping in which included 29 from Skipper Ryan Cutts. Mark Wills finished the innings well for the home side bludgeoning a quick 22. Jack Sullivan was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets. The reply from Benfleet never really got going and only John Bull (40) made double figures as they were dismantled for 87. Piggott Cracknall and Tavarasa all picked up 3 wickets each. Horndon remain top of the table winning all 9 games of the season so far.

Billericay 4th xi 138ao vs Horndon on the Hill 3rd xi 141-4

Horndon’s three went top of the table as they travelled to fellow high flyers Billericay. A brilliant opening spell of bowling from Jack Outten which included a hat-trick was the perfect start for the visitors. Steven Ash (34) and Jo Parsons (37) put up some resistance but the home side were bowled out for 138. Outten finishing with 4 wickets from his 8 overs and fellow youngster Alfie Thomspon picked up 3. The score was never enough on a god pitch and the visitors chased the total for the loss of only 4 wickets. Challis finishing 30 not out.

Horndon on the Hill 4th xi 182-5 vs Old Souths 4th xi 184-2

Unfortunately Horndon’s 4s couldn’t make it a clean sweep. The home team posted 182-5 with veteran Keith Hawkes hitting a fine 52 was backed up by Gopalan (30*) and Dan Marshall (30). Old Southendians chased the score in 37 overs for the loss of four wickets. Garwood finishing 53* and Threadgold 50*.

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