Cricket: Horndon continue fine run of form

Horndon CC

Horndon-on-the-Hill 1st xi 168-6 v Oakfield Parkonians 1st xi 202ao

HORNDON’S winning form continued this weekend as they were the only side in Division 2 to miss the rain. Winning the toss Horndon elected to bowl first with rain forecast for the afternoon. Opening bowlers Connor Hammond and Harry Morgan-James produced a fine first spell for Horndon reducing Old Parks to 48-3 off 20 overs. Hammond finishing with 1 wicket for 29 and an Morgan-James just 15 runs with 2 wickets from 10 overs.

Old Parks began to fight back from their slow start as Ramya Upadhyay joined opener Vikram Handa at the crease as the conditions eased. Both Batsmen got themselves in and were looking comfortable until the 75 run partnership was finally ended as Handa (57) was bowled my Mo Asif. Upadhyay (33) was dismissed shortly after by Jeff West Jnr and Horndon were back on top with Old Parks struggling on 132-6. Dave Rai (30) and Aman Ali (29*) dragged the visitors back into the game until Rai was dismissed by Jack Marson. Steve Edwards took 2 wickets to finish off the tail as Horndon were set 202 to win.

Horndon’s Innings was delayed due to rain and the score was reduced to 198 from 47 overs. Jack Walsh and Tom Stone went about their business and despite the weather favouring the bowlers got Horndon ahead of the D/L rate. At 15 overs the rain hardened the teams came off with Horndon, being ahead of the rate, needing just 5 more overs to constitute a game. Thankfully the rain subsided and the target was again revised to 168 in 38 overs. A brilliant 102 opening partnership was finally broken as Tom Stone (50) was caught and bowled by Jibran Azam. At this point it was too little too late for the visitors and despite 2 quick wickets of Walsh (57), and Asif (1), Horndon chased the revised target in 37 overs. Jeff West Jnr hit a quickfire 17 and Bip Keeping (6*) saw the team home.

Basildon 2nd xi 113ao v Horndon-on-the-Hill 2nd xi 257-5

Horndon 2’s incredible season continued as they took their winning streak to 12 games. Winning the toss the visitors chose to bat and openers Rob Hutcherson (50) and Danny Freeman (50) put Horndon firmly in control. Mike Canavon (20) and James Stitson (46) continued the destruction and James Hutcherson finished 31 not out as the visitors posted a huge 257-5 off 45 overs. Basildon were never allowed into the game as Horndon’s bowling attack was just too strong. Dave Laurie picked up 2 wickets for 28 and Dan Petts 3-36 as Basildon crumbled under the pressure. Rob Hutcherson and Mark Wills cleared up the tail as Basildon were bowled out for 113. Horndon are now one of only two teams in all division to hold a 100% winning record with only one more win needed for guaranteed promotion.

Horndon-on-the-Hill 3rd xi 157-2 v Wickford 4th xi 155-7

Horndon 3’s stayed top of the table as they cruised to a win against Wickford 4ths. Winning the toss and electing to bowl openers Richard Jasper and Alan Patmore produced a brilliant spell of pressure bowling, going for only 28 of a combined 16 overs. Peter Clark was the pick of the wicket takers picking up 3 off 8 overs. Alfie Tompson and Ronnie Cranfield picked up a wicket apiece as Horndon restricted the visitors to 155-7 off 40 overs. Horndon were rarely troubled in the reply despite losing youngster Harry Philpot early, Ian Gibbs (76*) and Anthony Cain (50*) chased the target in just 35 overs.

Leigh-on-Sea 4th xi 291-8 v Horndon-on-the-Hill 4th xi 201ao

Despite a fantastic start from Horndon reducing the home side to 40-5 they couldn’t build on this as Leigh on Sea showed their strength in depth. Jim Kyles (65) and Miles Wheatley (56) got them back into the game as Leigh on Seas tail put on a huge 291. Jerin Joy was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets for 40 runs. Horndon gave a fine effort chasing such a large total. Keith Mager (39) and Terry Hurrel (39) top scored but they were never really in the game as they were bowled out for 202. Adam Wrobel picked up 3 wickets for the home side with Patel, Wheatley and Whitaker all taking 2 each.

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