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PUBLISHED: 11:55 26 May 2011

Matthew Brett makes a run for Gidea Park (TGS)

Matthew Brett makes a run for Gidea Park (TGS)

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Busy weekend for clubs

SNEL Premier Division

Ardleigh Green v Chelmsford

Green put up more of a fight against Wanstead last weekend than in the 244-run defeat at Ilford a week earlier.

But they need to get back to winning ways to climb out of the bottom two.

Their opening-day success against Loughton, who are propping up the table, seems a long while ago now and Cook will hope to make home advantage count againt a Chelmsford side with only one win to their names.

Division 1

Harold Wood v Upminster

Upminster were comfortable winners when these two sides met in a league cup tie at the start of the month.

Newcomer Jimmy Neesham scored one of his three centuries to date for the club in that tie and, with Alan Ison showing a return to form in last weekend’s win over Orsett, Wood might expect the worst.

With captain Rizwan Qureshi only halfway through a four-game ban, the home side could be in for another difficult day.

Hornchurch v Chingford

Back-to-back wins have seen Hornchurch tuck in behind 100 per cent leaders Shenfield at the top of the table.

After opening-day defeat at Orsett, Paul Murray’s men have seen off Harold Wood and Buckhurst Hill and now face a Chingford side with only one win from three so far.

Richard Sherlock managed four overs last weekend, following his back injury, and may be trusted with more as his recovery continues.

Orsett v Gidea Park & Romford

Three games played and three defeats so far for Park.

Shenfield proved too strong last weekend, after former Essex man Jon Powell’s century set up a 124-run win.

But Russ Collard’s men will hope to break their duck at Orsett, who were thumped by Upminster last weekend.

Essex County League


Hornchurch Athletic v Fords

Athletic opened their account with a tense one-wicket win at fellow strugglers Cosmopolitan last weekend.

Tailender James Coote was the hero and his side will look to build on that back on home turf against a Ford side with only one win in four.

Division 2

Bow Green v Noak Hill Taverners

A thumping 197-run win over Barking last weekend will have given Noak plenty of confidence.

But after breaking their duck at the fourth time of asking, they face a tricky trip into east London.

Mid-Essex League

Division 3: Havering v Rayleigh Fairview

Danny Beechey’s unbeaten century led Havering past Stock to a third straight win and the top of the table last weekend.

But their rivals also boast a 100 per cent record and are only two points behind, promising a thriller at Broxhill Road.

Division 5: Great Totham v Rainham

Paul Collis and Ian Havard shone in a convincing win over bottom club Springfield last weekend.

And Rainham will have to be at their best for the trip to Totham or else losing ground in a competitive division.

Division 10: St Andrews v Rayleigh 4ths

Saints eased past basement boys Rayne for their second win in three outings this season.

Rayleigh boast the same win-loss record, but have picked up a few more bonus points to currently lie in second place.

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