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Ardleigh Green captain Edwards says it was not ideal to end with a defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 September 2018

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green during Ardleigh Green CC (batting) vs Old Brentwoods CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Central Park on 26th May 2018

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green during Ardleigh Green CC (batting) vs Old Brentwoods CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Central Park on 26th May 2018

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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards says it was no ideal to end their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three season with defeat at Stanford-le-Hope.

Put into bat by the home side, they lost Paul Hurworth and Grant Apicalla cheaply to find themselves 28-2.

Chris Cook (25) put on 92 with opener Choudhry Mahboob, who his two sixes and 13 fours in his 72 off 71 balls, before both fell in quick succession.

Captain Luke Edwards added a cameo 21 off 11 balls, before Scott Jackson took centre stage and scored 94 off 91 balls, including two sixes and 14 fours.

Green declared on 249-8 in the 48th over and saw Jamal Chaudhry strike before a run had been scored by Stanford in reply.

“It was not ideal but it’s always difficult to get motivated for a dead rubber game,” Edwards said.

“Having said that we tried a couple of things and there were a lot of positives to take from the game.

“We have batted well all season to be fair and this performance was just another good team batting display.

“Choudhry has been our leading run scorer this year so it was good for him to sign off with another notable score.

“As a team we felt we had enough to win the game, unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and Stanford batted well to be fair.”

Trevor Oakley also had success, before an 81-run stand for the third wicket held up Green’s charge.

Edwards (2-37) made the breakthrough and saw Sam Brooks (2-59) have success at the other end.

But Kalum Rasika Sampath held firm for the home side and finished unbeaten on a stunning 159, from 115 balls, after hitting 10 sixes and 20 fours.

Captain Adam Knight gave support in an unbroken 95-run stand as Stanford reached their target in the 44th over.

“We didn’t actually bowl that badly to be honest, it wasn’t a bad track and their batsmen who scored 159 hit the ball hard and a long way, sometimes you just have to say there wasn’t a lot we could do differently.

“The guy (Sampath) was just timing the ball really well.

“Fair play to him and Stanford in the end that was the difference between the sides and effectively he won the game for them.”

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