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PUBLISHED: 15:09 05 May 2011 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 May 2011

Upminster claim the fourth Harold Wood wicket (TGS)

Upminster claim the fourth Harold Wood wicket (TGS)

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Essex League season gets underway


Premier Division

Ardleigh Green v Loughton

Chris Cook leads Green back into top flight action with a home game at Central Park.

Cook takes over as skipper from Roy Smith, who steered the club to the Division One title in 2010 and will be hoping to follow on from his 162 against Upminster in the Conference Cup last weekend.

Muazzam Ali has joined from Gidea Park & Romford and young Australian Shaun Eaton is set to share the new ball with another new recruit, Anthony Hill.

Division 1

Gidea Park & Romford v Hadleigh

Park play outside the top tier for the first time in more than a decade following last year’s disappointing relegation.

Russ Collard takes over from Andy Churchill as captain - having led the club to the Premier title in 2001.

And Collard is hoping to help Park find a firmer footing this summer, while enjoying the sport once again.

Harold Wood v Buckhurst Hill

Wood make history with their first-ever match in Division One.

All-rounder Rizwan Qureshi led them to promotion from Division Two last year and will be expected to play a key role again with bat and ball.

But Wood have a good nucleus of home-grown players and will hope for a good start as they look to hold their own.

Orsett v Hornchurch

Rain robbed Hornchurch of the chance of victory at School Lane last season.

And captain Paul Murray is hoping his side can make a bright start to the 2011 campaign as they try to push for the top-two finish which has eluded them in recent years.

New Zealander Richard Sherlock and new signing Danny Evans look set to share the new ball, while Murray is expecting more from the younger talent like Michael Bones and Billy Gordon coming up through the ranks.

Upminster v Chingford

Ollie Peck is back in charge at Upminster, following their demotion from the top flight last summer.

Peck led the club to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier a few years back and will be hoping they can push for promotion once again.

Kiwi Jimmy Neesham scored his maiden century for the club last weekend and Andrew D’cruz has been in good form in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Upminster hope Alan Ison is fit to play after a knee injury, but will be wary of a Chingford side who can be tricky opponents.

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