Master and student combine as Hornsey maintain their winning start to the season
Teenager Joe Emanuel shared an unbroken century stand with his veteran coach Paul Weekes as Hornsey cruised to their second successive league win in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.
The 17-year-old struck an undefeated 63 against Enfield, while 46-year-old Hornsey captain Weekes finished with 104 not out as the pair oversaw a successful run chase at Tivoli Road, steering their side home by nine wickets.
Earlier, Enfield opener Jack Plumb had become the first centurion of the game, posting an unbeaten 111 to help his side reach 228-9 after winning the toss.
Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel said: “We set ourselves a target of bowling them out for under 200 and we might have done that but for a late flurry of boundaries.
“Enfield were looking good for the first hour, but Weekesy rotated the bowlers frequently and we got ourselves back into it – every change seemed to bring a wicket.
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“Our bowling has a lot more depth and variety this season – all of our options are front-line bowlers and the wickets were shared around.
“Weekesy and Jamie Harris batted exceptionally well and they slowly took the game away from Enfield – it was no fuss, no risks. You’d look at the scoreboard and, before you knew it, they were both into their 40s.
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“Joe came in and looked very composed for his age – he rotated the strike effectively. It was good to see the pair of them get us over the line together because Weekesy has been coaching Joe since he was about 10 years old.”
Sean Solia (3-20) gained an early success for Hornsey, clean bowling Neville Talbot – who had hit a century the previous weekend – for a duck.
However, Plumb and Max Houlahan (38) built a solid partnership before Weekes (3-36) and left-armer Bhasker Patel, who bowled economically, applied the brakes.
Solia returned towards the end of the innings to take two more wickets, but some valuable blows from Plumb ensured that his side scrambled up to 228-9 from their 45 overs.
When Hornsey batted, Harris seemed well set for a sizeable score before he got himself out attempting a reverse sweep on 48, but Weekes and Emanuel continued to make steady progress.
Emanuel blazed successive boundaries to bring up his half-century and the captain soon followed suit by reaching his ton as Hornsey arrived at their target with three overs to spare.
“Sean [Solia] sat there with his pads on for the whole innings – it’s very rare for Hornsey to win as convincingly as that,” Patel added. “It’s a good start and a statement to the rest of the league.
“Enfield recruited well over the winter, with several new faces, and they should be contenders this season, which made the performance and result all the more pleasing.
“We’ve got a feel-good factor in the changing room and we go into our next game, against Indian Gymkhana, with a lot of confidence. We just need this form to continue.”