Cricket: High fives for Horndon against Heronians

Horndon-on-the-Hill 1st xi 226-3 v Fives & Heronians 1st xi – 225-6

AFTER a disappointing loss against Wickford last weekend Horndon’s first string responded in fine form against Fives & Heronians at the Rec. Winning the toss and batting first the visitors started patiently in the searing heat. Billy Amas constructed a fine 64 before he was dismissed by a brilliant diving catch from Tom Stone. With Fives on 150-4 after 40 overs Horndon were confident of keeping the visitors at a low score. Fives had different ideas as Usman Jan (56*) and Lakshan Rodrigo (48) looked in fine form and raced the visitors to 225 for 6 with some big hitting in the final 5 overs.

Connor Hammond was again the pick of Horndons bowlers, finishing with 3-57 off of his 16 overs. Fives took to the field in high spirits but openers Jack Walsh and Tom Stone soon began to frustrate.. Stone looked in brilliant form, finding the boundary with ease and it took a brilliant diving catch from Michael Batt to dismiss him for 45 from the Bowling of Usman Jan. It looked as if Jan was back to hunt his old club as he dismissed Martin Sayers for 0 the very next bal.

James Stitson joined the impressive Walsh at the crease and batted well for 22 until he was out LBW to Rodrigo. Captain Jeff West Jnr was next in with still 130 runs required to win. Despite tight spin bowling from Jan and Rodrigo the Horndon pair oozed confidence as the took the game to the Fives bowling attack and soon got on top. With 50 required from 7 overs the game never looked in doubt as they chased down the target with 1.3 overs to spare.

A huge six from West won the game and ended a brilliant partnership as Walsh finished his superb innings on 83* and West 63*.

Horndon-on-the-Hill 2nd xi 161-8 v Fives & Heronians 2nd xi – 312-7

Horndon 2s who have settled into their new division travelled to a very strong Fives & Heronians on Saturday. With searing heat and a flat pitch it was no surprise that the home side decided to bat after winning the toss. Horndons bowlers struggled in the heat as Fives set a daunting 312-7. Ben Kearin 50* and Greg Summers 78* doing most of the damaged at the end of the innings by taking advantage of the tired fielding side. The huge total was always going to be tough for the visitors as Fives took vital wickets at important intervals. Despite Callum Brady (38) and Anthony Cian (32) a win was way off. Horndons tail batted well against hostile bowling as they held on for a well-earned draw. Nikhil Bhandari was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4-26 off 10 overs.

Horndon 3rd xi 201-8 v Harlow Town 3rd xi 138-7

With early success in their new division Horndon 3s travelled to Harlow town full of confidence. Another fine batting display saw the visitors rack up 201-8 off of their 50 overs. Paul Challis (59) and Bibin Mathew (65) showed fine form and Vic Goddard was the pick of the bowlers finishing with brilliant figures of 13-3 off 12 overs. The home side’s run chase never really got going and they frustrated the visitors and batted out 45 overs for a draw finishing on 138-7. Paul Gamman and Richard Jasper picked up 2 wickets each and Marc Lowers top scored with 30 for Harlow.

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