PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 May 2011
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Green look to bounce back
Ardleigh Green v Wanstead
Chris Cook’s Green return to Central Park on the back of a thumping defeat at Ilford last weekend.
Chasing an unlikely 315 at Valentines Park, Green tumbled to 70 all out, with captain Cook one of four batsmen to not trouble the scorers.
And a visit from Wanstead, who finished as runners-up to Brentwood in 2010, will offer Green little respite.
Buckhurst Hill v Hornchurch
Hornchurch proved too strong for Harold Wood in their derby last weekend and captain Paul Murray wants his men to maintain their momentum at newly-promoted Hill.
New Zealander Richard Sherlock could return to the bowling attack, after a recent scan showed no specific problems with his back, and could form a potent new-ball pairing with Danny Evans, who Murray feels is “starting to find his rhythm”.
Harold Wood v Hadleigh
Wood remain without captain Rizwan Qureshi until June 4 due to a “breach of league’s registration rules”.
But they will hope to produce a better performance back on home turf, following a second successive defeat of the new campaign against Hornchurch last weekend.
Shenfield v GP & Romford
Park have lost their first two matches since relegation from the top flight, but captain Russ Collard is not too concerned.
Defeat against Fives came after an opening-day loss to Hadleigh, but Collard feels his side were in positions to win both matches.
Shenfield are looking for a third successive win, though, and will prove tough hosts at the Courage Playing Fields.
Upminster v Orsett
New Zealander Jimmy Neesham clubbed another fine century as Upminster strolled to victory at Hadleigh last weekend.
Neesham hit four sixes and 21 fours to reach 125 off just 87 balls and set up a four-wicket victory for Upminster, who host an Orsett side smarting from a home defeat against Buckhurst Hill.
Essex County League
Cosmopolitan v Hornchurch Athletic
Athletic have endured a tough start to the 2011 season, losing their first three matches.
And captain Neil Hutchison will be looking for his men to turn the corner soon to avoid being stuck towards the bottom of the table for too long.
Noak Hill Taverners v Barking II
Taverners were edged out in a tense clash with Thurrock last weekend, but have had some decent performances with bat and ball so far.
They will hope to end their three-game winless start to the season against Barking, who lost a low-scoring clash with Hawks in their most recent outing.
Stock II v Havering: Havering chase a third successive league win after a comfortable success over Pegasus at Broxhill Road.
Rainham v Springfield: Rainham romped to a nine-wicket win over High Easter last weekend and will look to build on that.
Rayne II v St Andrews: Saints are struggling since promotion without high-scoring Boben Varghese, who is working in Australia.
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