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Green captain Edwards full of praise for Mahboob despite loss to leaders

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 August 2018

Choudhry Mahboob hits out for Ardleigh Green (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Choudhry Mahboob hits out for Ardleigh Green (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Choudhry Mahboob hit a fourth hundred of the year, but it couldn’t stop Old Brentwoods winning again

Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards hailed the form of opener Choudhry Mahboob despite Saturday’s loss at Essex League Division Three leaders Old Brentwoods.

The away batsmen struck 119 off 126 balls to score his fourth century of the season, with all of them occurring during the last six matches.

Scott Jackson also hit 78 not out – his highest score since 2014 – to help Green post 302-7 off their 50 overs, but the leaders got home with seven wickets in hand and six overs to spare.

But Edwards praised Mahboob, he said: “Choudhry has been in great form over the past five to six weeks and I think that’s now four hundreds in six games.

“As an opening batsman you can’t ask for more as he’s been batting deep into our innings and setting it up perfectly for the lower order to go in and have a bash.

“That’s where Scott Jackson came into play, he got 78 not out and really pushed us on to a total that was competitive.

“If anything we felt it was a bit short. On the Old Brentwoods track with the batsmen they have in their team, it was always going to be about par, but never out of reach either.

“We didn’t bowl at our best as a unit and that has to be the only disappointing thing for us really.”

Although Mahboob struck another hundred, Old Brentwoods captain Baber Choudhary managed to out do him with 159 not out.

Ramesh Gunalan also hit 85 at the top of the order and despite Zunair Jamil taking 2-53 off 10 overs, it couldn’t prevent the leaders from winning again.

“Baber batted very well on Saturday. He and Ramesh had a solid partnership really and we knew if we could have got those two out early the game would have been a different result,” said Edwards.

“Having said that I don’t think either gave us a chance. We had half chances with Barber like a diving catch and run out too, but apart from that Barber especially played a sensible innings and punished the bad balls.

“This year Barber has scored 99 not out and now an unbeaten 159 to win the games for them against us this year, so all credit to him and I’m sure the Old Brentwoods team with him in will be looking to win the league now.”

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