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Cricket: Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards disappointed with heavy Walthamstow defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2018

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green during Ardleigh Green CC (batting) vs Old Brentwoods CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Central Park on 26th May 2018

Lloyd Edwards of Ardleigh Green during Ardleigh Green CC (batting) vs Old Brentwoods CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Central Park on 26th May 2018

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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards is disappointed as his side ended up well beaten by Walthamstow in their latest Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three outing at Central Park.

The visitors chose to bat first, but James Duhig struck with the new ball to reduce them to 18-2.

But Ben Smith held firm for Stow, hitting 16 fours on his way to 106 from 131 balls before he was ninth man out in a total of 195.

Jamal Chaudhry (4-35), Trevor Oakley (3-45) and Duhig (3-43) shared the wickets for Green, who lost Tom Gentle to the first ball of their reply.

“It was very disappointing, like we said we were hoping last week would kick us on but unfortunately wasn’t to be,” Edwards said.

“All the bowlers have done really well over the last weeks, can’t ask for more form them as a bowling unit.

“James and Scott opened up and felt we had Walthamstow in a good place at drinks.

“Ben Smith batted well and I thought to be fair and without his runs for them the game may have well been a different story.”

He heaped praise on Smith and his performance admitting he was the difference in the match.

“Yeah he batted really well to be fair, he didn’t give us much of a chance, there were a few edges and down to third man providing a glimmer of hope occasionally but apart from that I think he was the difference in the match.”

Adam Thain and Paul Hurworth followed soon after to leave the hosts 13-3, with Luke Edwards the next to fall with the total on 22.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with the 36-run stand for the seventh wicket between James Lavender and Scott Jackson being the best of the innings.

Jackson hit seven fours in his top-scoring 34 as Green were dismissed for 116 in the 34th over, with Rory Knox (5-36) taking the bowling plaudits for Stow.

Edwards believes they need to start putting in stronger batting performances to start picking up wins.

“We feel there isn’t much to pinpoint.

“If anything we are just missing someone to stick it out and build an innings like their number four did for them the weekend and when in go on and score big and important runs.

“However it’s a team game and we all will take it on as a team.”

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