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PUBLISHED: 14:45 20 July 2012

Chris Sains of Hornchurch in batting action (Rob Newell/TGS)

Chris Sains of Hornchurch in batting action (Rob Newell/TGS)

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SNEL Premier Division

Brentwood v Ardleigh Green

Green captain Chris Cook believes his side can climb out of the basement and avoid the drop.

With only one win in 10 matches so far, and washed out at Buckhurst Hill last weekend, Green are adrift at the bottom.

Defending champions Brentwood, meanwhile, managed to play twice this week, with mixed fortunes.

After travelling to the Midlands for a National Cup tie against Barnt Green, which ended in a 10-run defeat, they booked a place in the semi-finals of the Essex T20 competition with victory over Chingford on Tuesday.

Division 1

Hadleigh v Hornchurch

Hornchurch skipper Chris Sains wants his batsmen to be more greedy as they battle for survival.

A run of five successive defeats sent Hornchurch into the bottom two and, after last weekend’s meeting with Loughton was washed out, they need to get back to winning ways fast.

Sains said: “We’ve got to bat an awful lot better in our last eight games and we need to be more greedy.”

Hornchurch are due to host Harold Wood in a league cup tie tonight (Friday), with the 20-over clash set for a 6pm start.

Harlow v Upminster

Ollie Peck’s Upminster booked their place in the semi-finals of the Essex T20 with victory over Woodford Wells last night.

It was a low-scoring encounter, with the hosts making 97-9 before claiming a wicket in the first over of the Wells reply.

The visitors continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for just 55.

Peck will be hoping his promotion chasers can maintain their winning form at Harlow, as they try to keep pace with the top two.

Division 2

GP & Romford v Stanford

Park’s derby at Harold Wood fell victim to the washout last weekend.

And Chris Collier’s men need a win to keep their promotion hopes alive in the second half of the season.

They lie 40 points adrift of their neighbours and will be looking to close the gap over the next four weeks before play reverts to the 50-over format in the final month of the campaign.

Wickford v Harold Wood

First entertains second this weekend in a summit meeting.

Both sides have won six times in 10 matches so far this season, but Wood have been left to rue three postponements, including last weekend’s home derby with Gidea Park & Romford.

They put that disappointment behind them in midweek to book a place in the semi-finals of the Essex T20 competition, though.

Chasing 128 against Wanstead, in a match reduced to 15 overs, they saw Shahbaz Khan’s half-century set up an exciting win with three balls to spare.

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