HORNCHURCH CRICKET CLUB
2015 proved to be one of the, if not the best season for Hornchurch Cricket Club in its long history. To win the Double and get to the final in the 20 20 was an outstanding achievement which all at Hornchurch Cricket Club are immensely proud of.
Having gained promotion to Division 1 the previous season under the shrewd captaincy of Roy Smith, we looked forward to the challenge of further promotion to the premiership. Two new players were introduced to our team Paul Walter and Max Osborne as well as the return of Billy Gordon to our club. Paul and Billy’s contribution were outstanding with Paul scoring almost 1000 league runs as well as taking a number of wickets and Billy regularly contributing with bat and ball. Roy Smith also had his normal good season, being Mr Reliable in the league but even more so in some of the difficult cups matches. With significant contributions from a number of other players our first team managed to win the league by some margin.
Our success in the league cup was even more pleasing having won several hard fought games on the way to the final against Brentwood. Many present that day thought it was one of the most exciting finals ever seen with the advantage going from one side to another throughout. At 104 for 6 chasing 236. Paul Walter and Chris Sains came together and put on quite a brilliant 100 run partnership leaving club stalwart Mark Whitlock to hit a big six on the way to victory.
Our second team had a reasonable season finishing in mid table. Frankie Jacobs, Kevin Gibson and Richard Burd scored most runs with Mark James and Dean Skipper finishing leading wicket takers.
Although our third team struggled to begin with good contribution throughout from Lowell Mason, Lee Gilbert and Robin Sen with the bat and Barry Bones and youngsters Lewis Byford and Ed Smith with the ball ensured a mid-table finish.
As has been the case in the last few years our fourths continued to do well and had it not been for a disappointing lack of players in mid-season they would certainly have gained promotion. Imran Khan and Abul Hasnet consistently scored runs with the ever green Alan Foxton along with Aqib Khan Mo Khan and Mian Tafeeq taking the majority of wickets.
Although our 5th team did not reach the heights of the previous years there were a number of encouraging signs with many youngsters making their debuts with good contributions. None more so than Daniel Imray (Jnr) who scored a very impressive number of runs. Danny Imray (snr) and Tony Wilson also regularly contributed with the bat and Captain Dave Kiff and Pete Williams were as reliable as ever taking over 20 wickets each.
Two club record partnerships were also achieved this year with Roy Smith and Paul Walter adding 255 for the fourth wicket and Dave Kiff and Danny Imray putting on 241 unbeaten runs for the 6th wicket.
We certainly look forward with great optimism and enthusiasm to the coming season with the additional attraction of hosting the Lashings All Stars IX in July.