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Edwards ‘honoured’ to take captaincy role as Ardleigh Green aim to push onwards

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 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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Newly-appointed Ardleigh Green Lloyd Edwards says he is honoured to be given the role and is looking forward to the challenge at Central park.

Edwards has taken over the captain’s armband from Chris Cook who has decided to step down to the vice-captaincy role for the 2018 Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three season.

“It’s brilliant. Chris is still about, he isthe club captain and first-team vice-captain,” said Edwards.

“It’s handy to have him around so he can help me and give me advice for my first season.

“It’s just a massive honour to be able to try to lead the club on and try and get promoted this season.”

After finishing fifth in the league last campaign the club are now looking to push on and Edwards is confident in his squad’s ability.

“Luke Edwards has come over and we’re hoping he can bring some stability to our batting line-up,” he added.

“Tom Gentle and Paul Hurworth are our opening batsmen and we always look to them for runs.

“Chris Cook, of course, in at three is big for us so we’re hoping our top five can score a lot of runs.”

Edwards is also predicting his side will turn a few heads this summer and they will be feared instead of worrying about who they need to compete with.

“The teams that came down, Old Brentwoods and Basildon & Pitsea, will undoubtedly be strong as they played in Division Two last season.

“Westcliff will be up there again, but to be honest we’re hoping most of the teams in our league are looking around and we’re that team to look out for this year.”

Ardleigh Green will have a few new faces lining up for them during his campaign, including batsman Luke Edwards.

“We have one or two players coming into the squad and both are good enough for first-team action so hopefully they can boost our chances,” added the skipper.

“We will give it a good go this year. All the players are now eager and raring to get the league games underway.

“They’re all texting me and saying I just want to get playing the league games already.”

Edwards and his side will start their league campaign with an away trip to Westcliff-on-Sea.

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