Cricket: Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards says it's vital to get a strong start against West Essex
PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 May 2018
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Ardleigh Green Lloyd Edwards believes it's vital to get off to a strong start if they want to earn promotion out of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three this season, writes Jacob Ranson.
Edwards and his side start their league campaign away to West Essex on Saturday (12.30pm) and will be hoping to start with a victory.
Although the skipper admitted it will be a tough test as West Essex seem to their bogey team in recent years.
“It’s really important to us, the race for promotion is on and we need to get ahead early so a fast start and points on the board is vitally important to us,” Edwards said.
“They’re a bit of a bogey team for us to be honest as the last couple of years we have been bowled out for small amounts of runs.
“Last year I think it was 140 at their place, but the thing is in this league is anyone can beat anyone on their day, it’s the consistency that gets you promoted as the return fixture at our ground we beat them and scored 290 with the bat.”
Edwards believes their opponents will have a similar squad despite a struggling ninth-placed finish last term.
“I would assume that their team hasn’t changed much, they have a couple of good opening bowlers that are tight and batsmen that play unconventionally but score good runs for their team week in week out,” he added.
“We will have plans in place for them whilst sticking to our game plan with the view to winning the game.
“We will not go into any game looking at any individual on the opposition side, though, as then there is a tendency to relax if you get a leading batsmen out, then the next one scores a ton.”
The captain also believes his side are ready to hit the ground running after facing higher opposition in friendlies and a cup tie.
“Yeah, we feel really good, we feel like were ready to hit the ground running,” Edwards added.
“We have given ourselves a tough start on purpose to test us and see where we are at.
“We played Brentwood in the cup who are a Premier side and we come off the field with a lot of positives.”