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PUBLISHED: 16:58 01 September 2011

Andrew Mitcheson in bowling action for Havering (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Andrew Mitcheson in bowling action for Havering (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Green look to seal survival, Havering chase promotion

SNEL Premier Division

Ardleigh Green v Brentwood

A superb win over fellow strugglers Hainault last weekend has left Green needing just three points to be absolutely sure of survival.

Roy Smith hit a whirlwind 95 as stand-in skipper as Green set an imposing target in a match reduced to 24 overs.

And Anthony Hill maintained his good form with the ball, picking up three wickets, as Hainault came up well short.

Brentwood’s win over South Woodford, and Wanstead’s defeat against Colchester, ensured the title would remain at the Old County Ground for another year.

But Jon Walford’s men will want to go out on a high at Central Park and were convincing eight-wicket winners in their earlier meeting with Green in July.

Division 1

Gidea Park & Romford v Chingford

Park bring the curtain down on another disappointing season at Gallows Corner against a relieved Chingford.

Their survival was confirmed when Harold Wood’s clash with Orsett was abandoned last weekend, but Park’s second successive relegation leaves them with work to do this winter.

Park crashed to a heavy defeat against Upminster in a rain-affected derby last weekend and will want to end a difficult campaign on a better note.

Harold Wood v Fives

Wood will want to sign off from Division One on a high, after their relegation was confirmed in the rain last weekend.

And they will be keen for revenge against Fives, having lost by five wickets when the sides met in July.

Half-centuries from Richard Brabner and Kevin Gibson lifted Wood to 242-7, but Terry Ballard smashed 96 off 65 balls to give Fives a great platform in reply.

And Neil Brathwaite’s half-century kept them firmly on track, despite a brace of wickets for Wood captain Rizwan Qureshi and Waqas Shafique.

Hornchurch v Upminster

Ollie Peck’s Upminster suffered double disappointment last weekend.

They eased to a six-wicket win over Gidea Park & Romford on Saturday, only to see their promotion hopes ended once and for all by Shenfield, thanks to the last-ball heroics of former member Arshad Ali.

Then they saw Shenfield’s Elliot Richtor and Jon Powell shared a record-breaking opening stand in the League Cup final at Wanstead on Monday.

An unbeaten half-century from John Curtis provided some consolation for Upminster, who are not expected to face a full-strength Hornchurch side, as captain Mark Whitlock is getting married and several players will be attending the wedding.

Mid-Essex Division 3

Boreham v Havering

Ben Leworthy’s Havering have to win their final match of the season at Boreham and then hope for the best.

Rain ruined their chances of beating promotion rivals East Hanningfield last weekend.

And they are now six points adrift of the top two, who should win their games.

It would be a frustrating finish for Havering, who led the division for more than half the season, were they to miss out.

But the race isn’t over just yet.....

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