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Ardleigh Green captain Edwards wants to use home advantage against Benfleet

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 May 2018

Lloyd Edwards in bowling action for Ardleigh Green against Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Cup (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Lloyd Edwards in bowling action for Ardleigh Green against Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Cup (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards wants to use their home advantage when they face Benfleet in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Edwards and his men will welcome Rob Zammit’s men on Saturday and are keen to get their home form off to a winning start, especially after last weekend’s trip to West Essex was abandoned in the early stages.

“Being at home is a big advantage to us,” said Edwards. “We have the benefit of knowing our wicket and the different attributes of the ends.

“Utilising this and making the most of our home advantage is vital as we have two home games on the bounce now.

“If we pick up big points in those two matches it will give us a head of steam going into our next away fixture against Epping in a few weeks and after all the bad weather we can kickstart our season from this weekend and carry that momentum throughout.”

The skipper is confident of not letting the recent bad weather get them down and is already focused on what threats Benfleet pose, adding: “We feel confident moving on from that game against West Essex and into a tough game against Benfleet.

“I’m not too sure on who to pick out as an individual as on their day, like us, any of their team can be a match winner.

“They have a solid bowling unit and the batsmen can score quick runs so will have to make sure we’re tight in the field and take our chances when they come.”

Green bowled West Essex out for 140 and replied with 54-1 before the game was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Edwards admits his side were firmly on top despite the bad conditions which makes it a tough one to take, saying: “It was a tough break last week. We felt like we were firmly on top of the match.

“We had been off and on the pitch a few times throughout the game and played in some awful conditions for cricket.

“We tried our best to get a game on and credit to the opposition, their captain did as well, as he just wanted to play too.

“Unfortunately it got to a stage where we had no chance of coming back on.”

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