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PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 May 2011

Luke Baker in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford as he evades a bouncer - Gidea Park & Romford CC (batting) vs Hadleigh & Thundersley CC - Essex Cricket League - 07/05/11 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

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Local clubs look for first league wins

Saturday

Premier Division

Ilford v Ardleigh Green

Green go into this game full of confidence after their win over Loughton last weekend.

Shaun Eaton shone on his debut taking 4-38, and Green captain Chris Cook will look for more of the same from the 17-year-old Australian bowler.

Roy Smith will be looking to continue his batting form, in a tough away game at Valentines Park.

Division One

Gidea Park & Romford v Fives

Both sides lost their opening league games last weekend, and Park captain Russ Collard is looking for an immediate reaction from his players.

Park found it difficult to score quick runs last weekend on their home wicket batting first, so will hope to win the toss and try to bat in the afternoon, when the wicket is drier.

Hadleigh & Thundersley v Upminster

Upminster suffered a narrow 12-run defeat to Chingford in the league opener, and will want to secure their first Division One win since being relegated last season.

The home side come into the game fresh from a six-wicket win over Gidea Park & Romford and will be in no mood to lose their so far unbeaten league record this season.

Hornchurch v Harold Wood

This looks set to be the clash of the weekend, as two local sides battle it out at Harrow Lodge.

Both teams lost last weekend, as Hornchurch captain Paul Murray saw his side’s batsmen collapse.

Murray is sweating on the fitness of overseas opening bowler Richard Sherlock, who had to pull out from bowling last weekend with a bad back.

Wood are looking to bounce back from their 55-run defeat at home to Buckhurst Hill, where a poor batting performance saw the team limp to 171 all out.

A stronger batting display will be needed if the visitors are to look for victory in this tasty Division One contest.


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