Ardleigh Green celebrate Essex League Division Three win
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2016
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Old Brentwoods begin with victory; Woodford Green taste defeat
Ardleigh Green got to celebrate a rare win as they beat Stanford on the first day of the Essex League Division Three season.
Three relegations in four years had sent Green into the bottom division, but captain Chris Cook won the toss at Central Park and saw new-ball pair Chris Haylett and James Duhig reduce the visitors to 27-5.
Shehan Perera held firm and got some support from the lower order, before he was ninth man out three runs short of a century.
Stanford eventually reached 205 as Haylett (4-64), Duhig (2-18) and Muhammad Asif (2-50) took the bowling honours and Jon Bayfield (29) put on 72 for the first Green wicket with Paul Hurworth.
Newcomer Tom Gentle weighed in with 21 in a 57-run partnership, before Hurworth was third man out for 77 with the total on 143.
Haylett and Asif fell cheaply, but Cook (41 not out) and Choudhry Mahboob saw Green to a five-wicket win in the 41st over.
*Old Brentwoods were also celebrating after beating Basildon by four wickets.
Having finished with the wooden spoon in 2015, Brentwoods dismissed the visitors for 188 as Imran Hussain (3-10) and captain Khalid Sarwar (3-30) shone with the ball.
And the hosts had contributions from their top five of Mohammad Amin (23), Sumit Sharma (31), Baber Choudhary (29), Wade Canham (24) and Sarwar (37) as they reached their target in 45 overs.
*Woodford Green came up short in their clash with Walthamstow, but it was a close run thing.
The visitors chose to bat first and had contributions throughout their line-up to reach 212.
Cooper Bingham (4-39) and Mohammed Hasan (4-54) did most of the damage with the ball for Green, who were 50-3 in reply.
Captain Jack Cossey and Anthony Palmer (36) then put on 129 for the fourth wicket to raise hopes of success, before Green lost six wickets for just 11 runs.
Cossey fell six runs short of a century after hitting two sixes and 13 fours to leave his side 179-5 and, despite a double-figure effort from number 10 Zubair Bhatti, they were all out for 205.