Captain Cook delighted with Green’s opening league victory
PUBLISHED: 10:12 12 May 2011
Eaton and Smith guide home side to win over Loughton
Ardleigh Green captain Chris Cook was delighted with his side, after they made the perfect start to life in the Premier Division with an emphatic win at home to Loughton.
The hosts fielded first and restricted the visitors, bowling Loughton out for just 145 in less than 38 overs.
In reply, after a slow start, long-serving Roy Smith and man-of-the-match Shaun Eaton guided Green to victory inside 23 overs.
“It feels great to have a good start in the league,” said Cook.
“It is very important to get off to a flyer and I am really pleased with how the team performed.”
The home side won the toss and elected to field, something Cook says was an easy decision.
“The pitch was a bit damp and had a lovely green top, which suits our bowling attack,” he said.
Green didn’t have to wait long for their first wicket, with Eaton demolishing the stumps with just the third ball of the game.
The 17-year-old Australian finished with figures of 4-38, and the praise of his captain.
“Shaun bowled superbly, the whole team did. He was just too quick for their batsmen.”
Despite a temporary middle-order recovery from Loughton, Green skittled through the remaining wickets, with a total of 145 runs posted.
“We restricted them really well,” said Cook.
“We took wickets at key times and didn’t let them build any partnerships, which was key to keeping their score as low as possible.”
In reply, the hosts endured a mixed start, reaching 40-5 after two middle-order ducks.
However, Smith and Eaton then put on a crucial partnership of 106 runs to steer Green home with less than half their allotted overs being used up.
“It was a crucial, and very quick half century from Roy,” said Cook.
“Together with Eaton, they came in and did a fantastic job to wrap up the win for us.”
This weekend, Green face Ilford in another Premier Division clash.
“Saturday’s win gives us the momentum going into this weekend,” said Cook.
“We need to carry on and go for another win. But this league isn’t easy.”
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