Ardleigh Green held in Essex League Division Three
PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 May 2016
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Old Brentwoods win again, but Woodford Green lose
Ardleigh Green had to settle for a draw after just about holding the upper hand at Walthamstow.
Put into bat they saw Jon Bayfield and Paul Hurworth make starts, but fall before reaching 20.
Alex Cason made 31, but Tom Gentle also departed after reaching double figures and it was left to captain Chris Cook to shepherd the middle and lower order to help Green reach 218-8.
Cook finished unbeaten on 78, getting support from Chris Haylett, Adam Thain (24) and Aaron Hills.
And Haylett claimed two early wickets in Walthamstow’s reply, before Richard Baughan (43) and Ayaz Shah (65) hit back with the bat.
Both fell to Muhammad Asif (3-58) and Jamal Chaudhry (3-45) had success at the other end to raise Green’s hopes.
But Stow survived to close on 184-8 and Cook’s men had to be content with 11 bonus points.
Old Brentwoods got the better of Epping to make it two wins out of two this season.
After beating Basildon on the opening day of the campaign, Brentwoods held the home side to 191-9, then reached their target with three wickets in hand.
Joseph Pierre (3-33) and Khalid Sarwar (2-30) had the most success with the ball for Brentwoods, as Epping opener Dhiru Gadhvi carried his bat for an unbeaten 53.
Sumit Sharma (29), Shahid Iqbal (36), Baber Choudhary (22) and Rajnish Dohal (43) gave Brentwoods a solid platform, with Raheel Ahmed (29 not out) seeing them home.
Woodford Green slipped to a four-wicket defeat at West Essex, despite a century from Connor Bingham.
Put into bat at The Rolls, Green lost four of their top six for single figures as Ali Raza (4-30) wrought havoc with the new ball.
Bingham held firm, though, and had support from Matthew Field (36) and Masood Qazi (30) on his way to 101.
Green were eventually dismissed for 209 in the 49th over, but the home side got off to a solid start in their run chase thanks to a 58-run opening stand.
Mohammed Hasan (4-39) made the breakthrough for Green and Asad Ijaz (2-51) also had success, but West Essex reached their target with four overs to spare.