Cook: Derby pressure could provide a catalyst

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2015

Chris Cook of Ardleigh Green in bowling action (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Chris Cook of Ardleigh Green in bowling action (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Ardleigh Green take on local rivals Gidea Park & Romford

Ardleigh Green captain Chris Cook wants the possibility of bragging rights to spur his team to their first Division Two win this season.

Green host local rivals Gidea Park & Romford tomorrow (Saturday), rooted to the bottom of the table after four losses from their opening five matches.

But form counts for nothing in a derby match and Cook is certainly hoping that will be the case this weekend.

“We haven’t played them for a few years, but when we have it’s always been a good game. They’re probably the closest team to us,” said Cook.

“There’s a change to the 50-over games this weekend too, so maybe that can help us as well. Teams can’t rely on just a couple of

bowlers anymore.

“That might give our batsmen more of a chance with teams now having to look for five bowlers to do a job.”

Green had another torrid time with the bat in their last fixture, being bowled out by Billericay for 122 with Paul Horwoth (40) their top scorer as they lost by seven wickets.

“We seem to be batting in fits and starts,” added Cook. “It seems like one does well one week and the others don’t.

“We’ve been working on our batting again in training because it’s something we need to improve for the rest of the season.”

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