Cricket: Horndon 1sts secure first win of the season

Horndon CC

Horndon-on-the-Hill 1st Xi 217 ao v Loughton 1st xi 142ao

Horndon finally got their first win in the league on Saturday and moved off the bottom of the table. They welcomed high flying Loughton to the Rec who won the toss and chose to bowl first, a decision they may regret. Horndon got off to a flying start. Openers Tom Stone and Jack Walsh put on a quick-fire 74 for the 1st wicket before Walsh was bowled on 15. Mo Asif (36) and Jeff West Jnr (37) backed up the very impressive Tom Stone until he was caught on 97. Horndon looked in good shape on 180-4 until a mini collapse from the mid-order. The final 6 wickets fell for only 37 runs with the home side finishing on an around about par score of 217. Horndon took to the filed confident, and we rewarded by an early wicket from Ryan Madder putting the visitors on 1-1. Tight bowling from openers Madder and 17 year old Daniel Stone put Loughton under pressure but it was captain Jeff West Jnr who done the damage. A brutal 10 over spell of spin was too good for the visitors. The skipper picked up 7 wickets for just 34 runs. Stephen Edwards backed up his captain with 2 wickets gave Horndon a much needed win.

Horndon-on-the-Hill 2nd xi 288-0 v Woodford Green 2nd xi 172ao

Top of the table Horndon 2s travelled to Woodford Green on Saturday where Horndon won the toss and elected to bat. Openers James Stitson and Robert Hutcherson were simply too good for the home team. In 45 overs they put on a huge partnership of 288. James Stitson finishing with a career high of 178 not out and Hutcherson on 100 not out. Woodfood Green put up little resistance in the chase and were bowled out for 172. Cracknell and Wills where the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets apiece. Horndon stay top of the table with their incredible run of 7 wins from 7 games.

Horndon-on-the-Hill 3rd Xi 267-3 v Hutton 4th xi 233-5

Horndon’s 3rd string travelled to Hutton and picked up a comfortable win. Horndon’s opener Paul Collis was impressive scored a brutal 142 not out. Backed up well by the top order Horndon posted a big total of 267-3. Hutton gave an impressive effort in reply making 233-5. Chris Payne was the pick of the Batsman finishing 67 not out.

Horndon-on-the=Hill 4th xi 194-8 v Southend-on-sea 5th xi 237-5

Horndon’s 4th hosted Southend on Sea this weekend. The visitors posted an impressive 237-5, opener Matt Eimer finishing 104 not out. Horndon gave a good effort in reply. Opener Ronnie Cranfield hitting 69 but unfortunately fell short finishing on 194-8.

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