Cricket: Hammond the hammer for Horndon-on-the-Hill

Connor Hammond

Horndon-on-The-Hill 1st xi 116-2 v Old Southendians 1st xi 112 ao

HORNDON continued their impressive form on Saturday and made it 4 wins on the trot. Winning the toss the home side put Old South’s into bat as Connor Hammond made use of the overcast conditions and was just too good for the visitors. A superb 10 overs of swing bowling demolished the top order leaving Old South’s struggling on 60-6. Hammond picked up 4 wickets in his 10 overs going for just 38 runs. Matthew McCallum (41) showed some resistance but spinners Mo Asif and Jeff West Jnr finished of the tail as Old South’s were bowled out for just 112. Horndon made swift work of the run chase. Tom Stone (78) took the bowlers to all parts of the field and was backed up well by the cautious Jack Walsh (21). With just 10 to win Mo Asif and Connor Hammond finished the job with ease.

Ardleigh Green 2nd xi 111ao v Horndon-on-the-Hill 2nd xi 112-3

A near identical match at Ardleigh Green finished again in triumph for Horndon’s second string taking their tally to 10 wins from 10 this season. Ardleigh Green won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat first. The opening attack of Piggott and Tavarasa set the standard with an impressive opening spell but it was Andrew Clark who done the most damage. In a majestic spell of bowling he picked up 5 wickets for just 13 runs of only 5 overs. Horndon made easy work of the run chase with Mike Canavon top scoring finishing 41 not out.

Leigh on Sea 3rd xi 93ao v Horndon-on-the-Hill 3rd xi 95-1

Horndon stayed top of the table with an easy win at Leigh on Sea. Horndon bowled the home side out for just 93 runs and chased down the total for a loss of only 1 wicket.

Horndon-on-the-hill 4th xi 170ao v Benfleet 3rd xi 174-7

Losing the toss and batting first Horndon made a strong total of 170 against Benfleet. Hawkes (33) and Cranfield (34) started well for the home side and the returning Terry Hurrell finished 25 not out. Unfortunately, despite a gallant effort from Horndon’s bowlers Benfleet chased the total wit 3 overs to spare.

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