Ardleigh Green’s Edwards is keen to extend their winning run to five against Benfleet

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 July 2018

Adam Thain of Ardleigh Green (batting) is returning to the line-up this weekend (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Adam Thain of Ardleigh Green (batting) is returning to the line-up this weekend (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards is keen to continue their fine run after a fourth consecutive win in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three.

Green visit Benfleet on Saturday and will look to climb further up the table as they bid to chase down a promotion place.

They are currently fifth, but still trail leaders Old Brentwoods by 55 points and Edwards said: “We’re on a good run now, four wins out of four, and we’re slowly climbing the table and we don’t want it to stop here.

“We feel we owe Benfleet after they beat us fairly comfortably at the beginning of the season. The lads will be looking to take revenge and make it five out of five.”

Edwards believes the next few weeks are vital to his side’s fortunes and whether they can push on for the promotion places.

“Looking at the table we are certainly in the hunt for a promotion spot,” he added.

“We play four teams around us over the next five weeks so what happens in the next few weeks will define the season and determine where we end up. That adds to the boys’ hunger to win the next couple of games at least.”

Edwards says his side know what their opponents are about and will look to shut them down, saying: “Benfleet are one of the teams in and around the promotion chase so they will be thinking exactly the same as us.

“They’ll be up for it especially after the last time they played us, so I’m expecting a good hard game of cricket on Saturday.

“Ben Munday has been taking a few wickets and scoring runs in this league as he did against us. I think he scored 124 in the first game we played, in very quick fashion, so we will be expecting the same style from him.

“But like always it’s a team game and they have other players we need to be aware of also.”

Green will be boosted by the return of Zunni Jamil, Tom Gentle, Scott Jackson and Adam Thain for the clash and Edwards feels confident, adding: “We welcome back four players, so we’re looking strong and confident of another win.”

Green thumped West Essex by 227 runs last weekend after Choudhry Mahboob (150) and Chris Cook (101) put on 267 in their 436-7.

And Jon Bayfield hit 156 not out as the seconds tied with Leigh, with both sides scoring 364.

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