Horndon-on-the-Hill 1st xi 117-5 v Hutton 1st xi 115ao
Horndon’s winning streak continued to 7 games this weekend as they hit the dizzying heights of 3rd place in Division 2. Welcoming top of the table Hutton to the Rec the home side won the toss and with a strong bowling side took to the field. Opening bowler Connor Hammond’s good form continued as he picked up an early wicket of Cameron Tredgett. Fellow opener Harry-Morgan James also struck early as Hutton start stuttered on 6-2. Hammond’s swing and pace was causing all sorts of problems as Ex Horndon all-rounder Usman Jan was caught at Mid-off for a duck. Hutton’s big hitter Vivian Paver entered the fold to steady the ship but unfortunately for the visitors, Hammond was in a spiteful mood, and an inswinging Yorker removed Paver for a 2 ball duck.
James Mowll Joined Alex Tredgett with the scores at 10-4 and showed huge patience to put on a 78 run partnership and give Hutton some hope in the game. Jeff West Jnr entered the attack and soon made up for a rare wicketless game last week. He broke the frustrating partnership trapping Tredgett LBW. Mowll soon followed as did the rest of Huttons tail. Jeff West Jnr picked up a fine 5 wickets from just 8 overs as Hutton were bowled out for 115. Mo Asif joined Jack Walsh to open the batting as Horndon were without big hitter Tom Stone. Walsh, who is currently struggling to find his good form from early in the season, was clean bowled for 2 as danced down the wicket to opening bowler Jon Hammond. Connor Hammond soon followed for 6 but despite the slow start from Horndon the visitors were never really in the game. The impressive Asif was joined at the crease by Scott Plom who bludgeoned 23 off just 10 balls to set up the win. Jeff West Jnr (29) finished the game off with Asif ending 42 not out.
Epping 2nd xi 157 ao v Horndon-on-the-Hill 2nd xi 305-5
Horndon sealed promotion to division 2 on Saturday as their winning streak continued to 14 games as they travelled to Epping. Losing the toss and batting first Horndon posted a huge total of 305 in 45 overs. Mike Canavon showed his skills and put on a batting masterclass hitting on his way to a fine 138. Schalk Roeland second top scored with a fine 79 and a cameo from skipper Ryan Cutts (30*) put the game out of reach of the hosts. Despite some resistance from Uday Patel (46) Epping never looked like getting close to the target. Tom Piggott picked up for wickets for Horndon with Wills and Tavarasa 2 apeice as they bowled the home side out for 157.
Horndon-on-the-HIll 3rd xi 160-4 v Southend-on-Sea & EMT cc 4th xi 159-8
Horndon maintained their lead at the top of the table as they beat SOSEMT on Saturday. Fielding first the home team’s bowlers restricted the visitors to 159 off 45 overs. Paul Challis picked up 3 wickets with Alan Patmore and Peter Clark taking two each. The total was never enough for the visitors as Horndon knocked off the runs in just 27 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Paul Challis top scored with 80 and Mark Witts finished the game on 37 not out.