Cricket: Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards is keen to start climbing the table
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 May 2018
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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards is keen to help his side start climbing the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three table.
Edwards and his side welcome newly-relegated outfit Old Brentwoods on Saturday as they look to pick up their first victory of the campaign after a tricky start.
The skipper is under no illusions of the challenge they face against the former Division Two side this weekend though.
“We would love to start getting some wins under our belts and climb the table to where we think we should be,” said Edwards.
“However Old Brentwoods will be a tough challenge especially as they came down last year.”
Edwards praised the Old Brentwoods line-up and has pin- pointed Ramesh Gunalan and Baber Choudhary as their main danger men.
“We know a few of their players well, Ramesh Gunalan scored 161 runs last week so is clearly in form and their new skipper Barber Choudhary is a very good player as well,” added Edwards.
Green are expecting to be at full strength for the clash and will be hoping that can help spur them on.
“As for our side we have no injuries, both our sides on Saturday are looking strong and both are raring to go and hopefully get the win to kickstart our season,” said Edwards.
They go into the match on the back of a five-wicket defeat to Benfleet, although Edwards’ side got off to a strong start with the bat as opener Tom Gentle (50) started well.
Fellow opener Paul Hurworth (9) fell early to Paul Frensham before former skipper Chris Cook (50) stepped in and formed a strong partnership with Gentle.
Luke Edwards was then bowled out by Chris Hammond without making a run but Ellis Williams (40) dug in and helped Green reach 190-7, before Benfleet reached their target with five wickets in hand.
Brentwoods piled up 289-6 as Gunalan hit 161 off 125 balls, including three sixes and 23 fours.
Choudhary (57) shared a 118-run stand for the second wicket, before West Essex were dismissed for 144.