Ardleigh Green captain Edwards confident ahead of West Essex clash

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2018

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green in batting action (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green in batting action (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards was in confident mood ahead of their return clash with West Essex this weekend.

Green host West Essex on Saturday as they look to make it four wins on the spin after a poor start to the campaign.

A recent change in fortunes has left Edward’s team sitting in fifth as they look to now chase a Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three promotion spot.

“It’s the start of the return fixtures now and we played West Essex first game of the season and we felt if the rain hadn’t come and caused the game to be abandoned, we would’ve won it comfortably, so we will go into this week’s game confident,” he said.

“We are confident of our game plan in the limited overs form of the game and on the back of three wins confidence is sky high within the team.”

Skipper Edwards says they have plans for the basement club and ways they will try to cancel out their threats.

“When we played them at the start of the year, their skipper played very well,” he added.

“He can bat and is a very good bowler, so we will have that in our minds, try to put plans into place and try to counteract the threats he poses.”

Edwards is also urging his side to continue their run of form and keep pushing up the table to give themselves a chance of promotion.

“I’m very confident, we are on a roll,” said Edwards.

“It’s an interesting few weeks ahead as not only do we play the teams above us, they’re all playing each other.

“Woodford Green and Benfleet will be a result to keep an eye on, especially if we can beat West Essex on Saturday too. It will bring it all closer together.

“Then we’re away to Benfleet the week after, so a good couple of wins, and if results go our way, we can definitely put ourselves right into contention going into the business end of the season.”

Green had a convincing win over Stanford in their latest outing at Central Park last weekend, after Choudhry Mahboob hit a century.

“Three wins on the bounce and we’re going in the right direction in the standings. We can’t ask for more than that,” said Edwards.

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