2016 proved to be a quite memorable season in Hornchurch Cricket Club’s long history. Not only did our first team re-enter the Premier League but, we hosted the famous Lashings Team at Harrow Lodge. The event on the 28th July was a fantastic success, due mainly to several people at our club who put in an incredible amount of hard work. Those who have hosted such a day will realise it’s not just about the match. In the morning we had a coaching session for forty of our youngster’s led by Chris Lewes, the Ex England player and five others. The energy and enthusiasm they brought made it quite special.
After a four course meal the match commentary was led by Henry Blofeld and what a true character he is. Although the Lashings Team won, quite convincingly, it was a fantastic spectacle, finished off by the famous after dinner speaker Geoff Miller, what a day!
With our first team back in the Premier League we found ourselves top, at the half way stage unfortunately due to injury and availability we eventually finished 4th, which was still a fine achievement.
Club youngster, Jamie Sorrell top scored throughout the season with significant contributions with the bat from evergreen Roy Smith and Billy Gordon. Tom Moore took most wickets with Essex, new boy Paul Walter and Billy Gordon not far behind.
Our 2nd XI had a reasonable season, but, lacked consistency in availability. Brad Hodgekiss scored most runs, with Frankie Jacob and Kevin Gidson closely behind him. Luke Hamnett and Dean Skipper took most wickets.
The 3rd’s had a similar season, finishing mid table. Reliable Lowell Mason led the way with bat and ball supported by Neil Butler and Simon Walker and Luke Williams who was the leading wicket taker.
Encouragingly once again our 4th team had an excellent season winning their league convincingly. Skippered by Alan Foxton.
Mo Khan had an outstanding season being leading run scorer with 500 runs, as well as taking 29 wickets. There were many other significant contribution from Shahid Javed, Mian Taleeq and Imra Khan and Alan Foxton with the ball.
Our 5th team continued to be mainly made up of youth players, although our mature members, Gary Barnacle and Tony William top score. However, youngsters Sam and Luke Maydell took a number of wickets between them.
Our youth programme “Cricket for All” continues to flourish with many youngsters attending our coaching evenings. All our youth sides did well last year, especially our under 13’s who got to the final of the Essex Len Stentiford Cup, losing by the narrowest of margins, 1 wicket in the last over.
All at Hornchurch look forward to building on last year’s success this coming season.
Regards Jeremy West