Cricket: Horndon crush Old Southendians

Horndon-on-the-Hill 1st X1 46-0 v Old Southendian & Southchurch CC 1st X1 45 all out.

HORNDON’S 1st eleven started the season in style by comfortably beating a strong Old South’s team by 10 wickets. The game was delayed due to rain but after an early tea the overs were reduced and the game was to start at 3.20pm.

Horndon won an important toss and chose to take to the field. Opening bowlers Jack Marson and Connor Hammond struck early with Hammond dismissing Max Craddock caught behind and Marson trapping the dangerous Ahmed Khawaja LBW. Marson struck again the very next ball by bowling Henry Williams as the visitors began to struggle. Marson and Hammond continued their destruction, 2 more quick wickets fell to Marson and the middle-order collapsed to the pace of Hammond who picked up another 3 wickets.

At 29-9 James and Chris Bunce showed some resistance and managed to get the score to 45 before the impressive Hammond picked up his fifth wicket of Chris Bunce (17) who holed out in the final over. Hammond’s impressive figures were 5-22 off 11.1 overs as the equally effective Marson finished 4-21 off of 12 overs.

The only thing that could stop Horndon from picking up an opening day win was the rain. Thankfully the normally cautious opening Batsmen Jack Walsh 15*, and Tom Stone 30* wasted no time in chasing down the slim total in just 6 overs. Horndon travel to Wickford next Saturday as they look to continue their excellent start to the season.

Horndon-on-the-Hill 3rd X1 265-6 v Walthamstow 3rd X1 261-6

HORNDON’S third string wasted no time in setting their mark on their new division. Despite the gloomy weather Walthamstow won the toss, electing to bat as they put on a hefty 261 for the loss of only 6 wickets.

Joe Ashfiled top scored with 64 and Hamza Shakeel (44) & Jack Pinnock (45*) were the next best for the visitors. Peter Clark was the pick of the bowlers for Horndon picking up 3 wickets off his 16 overs. With a sizeable run chase needed Horndon didn’t get off to the greatest of starts by losing opener Paul Collis for a duck. Paul Gammon (28) and Mark Witts (72) steadied the ship which allowed Paul Challis (59) and Jason Pike (53) to finish the job in just 41.1 overs, a mightily impressive start to the newly promoted Horndon.

Horndon’s 2nd X1 and 4th X1 were unfortunately rained off.

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