Green feel confident despite two losses in a row, says captain

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 August 2018

Choudhry Mahboob of Ardleigh Green (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Choudhry Mahboob of Ardleigh Green (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The club will return to the AGCC Bowl this weekend and looking to produce more fireworks with the bat

Lloyd Edwards insists spirits are high in the Ardleigh Green camp ahead of Saturday’s Essex League Division Three clash at home to Epping.

After back-to-back defeats on the road away to Old Brentwoods and Benfleet at the end of July, Green return to the AGCC Bowl for their upcoming fixture this weekend.

The opponents Epping are in eighth position on 84 points while Edwards’ men are fifth and after winning at Lower Bury Lane on June 2, the hosts are confident of triumphing again this time.

“It was a really close game over at their place earlier in the year and on that day we bowled really well, I think it was about 128 all out we kept them down too,” said Green’s skipper.

“We had a few struggles with the bat during the early part of the season and at Epping, but now, especially after the last few weeks putting over 300 on the board regularly, we feel confident all-round going into Saturday.”

As Edwards mentioned, Green have not had any problems with the bat in recent weeks, but have still come unstuck.

Last weekend they scored 302-7 at leaders Old Brentwoods with Choudhry Mahboob hitting 119 off 126 balls and Scott Jackson scoring 78 not out.

It wasn’t enough to give Green a victory, however, with Ramesh Gunalan smashing at the top of the order for the hosts and home captain Baber Choudhary ending unbeaten on a stunning 159.

Old Brentwoods won by seven wickets with 6.3 overs left, but Edwards said: “Yes and no it’s a frustrating result as we were half way there. Unfortunately we were just that, half way there.

“We batted really well and put ourselves in a great position to win the game. But we come up against two very good batsmen, who are up there with the best in our league, so we can’t be too down on ourselves.”

Green have lost their last two matches, but did win when they were back on home soil against West Essex on July 14.

Edwards’ side smashed 436-7 off their 50 overs on that occasion and will hope for more fireworks on Saturday at home to Epping.

He added: “We have had two games on the bounce away now, so it will be nice to get back to the ‘AGCC bowl’ and play at home.

“After the last couple of weeks, and the positions we have been in, we are obviously disappointed with those results, so we will look to get back on track on Saturday against Epping.”

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