Ardleigh Green captain Edwards disappointed winning run has come to an end
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 July 2018
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Ardleigh Green were brought back to earth in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three by defeat at Benfleet.
Having thumped West Essex a week earlier, after piling up a whopping 436-7, Green were put into bat at Woodside Park and dismissed for 185 in 41 overs.
Skipper Lloyd Edwards admits it was disappointing to see their four game winning streak brought to an end.
“It was very disappointing for us, we had a head of steam going but unfortunately couldn’t get across the line this week but will look to get back on track Saturday coming against Old Brentwoods,” he said.
“I thought we batted okay as a team, the wicket had indifferent bounce and we felt that the total we put up was about right and felt it was defendable.
“Only thing that was disappointing was that we didn’t bat our 50 overs, even if we picked up another 10 to 20 runs off the overs we missed out on it cold have made a big difference to the result of the game.”
Tom Gentle (37) made a start at the top of the order, but Choudhry Mahboob was dismissed for just a single one week on from his 150.
Paul Hurworth also fell for single figures, but Adam Thain (21) managed a start of his own.
Green needed contributions down the order from captain Lloyd Edwards (34) and Sam Brooks (29 not out) to reach 185.
Tom batted really well at the top of the order, him and Adam Thain steadied the ship after a few early wickets fell, which was what was needed, so I was pleased with the both of them and their efforts.
“As I said before, it wasn’t the easiest batting track so the middle order struggled a bit.
“I was also pleased with a relative newcomer to the team Sam Brooks he batted at 9 and looked really good scoring some important runs at the bottom of the order.”
Scott Jackson removed the Benfleet top three in reply.
James Duhig (2-39), Brooks and Trevor Oakley also had success with the ball, but the home side reached their target with three wickets and 4.3 overs to spare.
“We will always seek to take positives out of the game,” Edwards said.
“We bowled really well up front we had a few wickets down early and that really set the game up to be in the balance.”
The captain then went on to praise bowlers Scott Jackson and James Duhig for their efforts in the match.
“He bowled really well after having three weeks out, as an opening bowler him and James Duhig opened the bowling and reduced them to about 70 - 4 at drinks.
“They both did really well but they had a good middle order that batted sensibly and got them over the line in the end.”
Having seen a four-match winning run brought to an end by their fifth defeat in 11 matches this season, Green now find themselves in fifth place ahead of a trip to leaders Old Brentwoods next weekend.