Ardleigh Green captain Edwards disappointed with Walthamstow defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 August 2018
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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards was disappointed after they lost by 58 runs away to Walthamstow in a low-scoring encounter.
Jamal Chaudhry took 4-26 and Zunair Jamil’s 4-36 ensured the home side were all out for 181.
Green made a solid start to the chase with Tom Gentle hitting 30 and Paul Hurworth (17) and Chris Cook (23) sticking around for a significant period of time.
Once all three of them went the visitors couldn’t build enough partnerships and were dismissed for 123.
“A loss at the weekend for us, which hurt us a little as we felt we had the game in our hands,” Edwards said.
“We left disappointed with our efforts this week so will be looking to make up for it against Woodford Green this Saturday coming.”
The skipper sticks by his decision to elect to field after winning the toss in the wet conditions on Saturday.
“100 per cent, it was a wet track and the sun was due to be out all day so if we did the toss again I’d still choose to field first.
“We did our part by bowling really well just couldn’t finish off a good performance in the field by chasing down the total unfortunately.”
He also revealed he felt confident in his side after they managed to bowl their opponents out for 181.
“We have been batting really well lately and we did fancy our chances of chasing down 181.
“It wasn’t to be - but has to be said Walthamstow slowed the ball down and bowled tight making it hard for us to get the ball away.
“That plus a few slow overs in a run chase can put you behind the run rate and makes it much more difficult for the lower order to get in and score quickly but we are always learning, we will take that as a positive and aim to not make that mistake in that situation again.”
Edwards also gave special praise to spin bowlers Jamal Chaudhry and Zunair Jamil as well as batsmen Tom Gentle.
“I didn’t think, with the conditions and the pitch, that it was going to be a spinners day but they bowled really well.
“To get the wickets they did was very pleasing.”
Before adding: “Tom has been in really good form recently - a match winning 80 last week and this week put us into a strong position to chase the total, unfortunately the middle order had a bit of a collapse and let that start down but it is something for us to work on going forward.”