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Ardleigh Green draw with Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 May 2017

Ardleigh Green captain Chris Cook (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ardleigh Green captain Chris Cook (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Captain Cook's century a highlight for hosts

Ardleigh Green and Woodford Green battled to a draw in their Essex League Division Three clash at Central Park.

Home captain Chris Cook chose to bat after winning the toss and Paul Hurworth (22) hit four quick boundaries before falling to a run out.

Sanjay Dindyal (43) struck six fours in an 88-run stand with Cook before being trapped lbw by Paul Richardson and Tom Gentle’s 57 from 58 balls included a six and nine fours in a 114-run stand with Cook.

Rishabh Mehan made the breakthrough and also accounted for Cook when he eventually fell for 113, having struck 20 fours in a 132-ball innings.

Amrit Ryatt had late success with the ball for Woodford Green, as Ardleigh Green closed on a challenging 275-5.

Visiting captain Hamaad Sayyed was first to fall in reply, trapped lbw by James Duhig with the total on 40, with opening partner Ryatt following without addition to Scott Jackson.

Jack Cossey also fell to Jackson to leave the visitors 48-3, but Majid Sialvi (33) put on 104 for the fourth wicket with Saad Ijaz before succumbing to a run out.

Ijaz then departed with the score still on 152 for 62, caught by Gentle off Cook, but Richardson (21) and Matthew Field held up the home side’s victory bid as Woodford Green reached 185-6 from 47 overs for the draw.

Jackson (3-30) finished as the pick of the Ardleigh Green bowling, as they at least avoided a third successive loss.

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