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PUBLISHED: 16:42 14 July 2011

Local clubs chase points at both ends of the table (TGS)

Local clubs chase points at both ends of the table (TGS)

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Green go for a quick one-two


SNEL Premier

Chelmsford v Ardleigh Green

Buoyed by last weekend’s win at Loughton, Green will look to ease their relegation fears further at basement boys Chelmsford.

Anthony Hill is due to return to the side after a holiday and claimed three wickets as Green beat Chelmsford by 55 runs at Central Park in May.

But Green owed much of their success that day to Roy Smith, whose unbeaten 157 led them to a 50-over total of 239-9.

Division 1

Chingford v Hornchurch

Who would be a captain?

Paul Murray must have sleepless nights over his Hornchurch side, whose inconsistency knows no end.

A week after beating promotion-chasing Upminster on their own turf, Hornchurch slumped to a home defeat against Orsett last weekend.

They will be out for revenge having lost by four wickets when Chingford visited Harrow Lodge, a week after a win at Buckhurst Hill, who now top the table.

GP & Romford v Orsett

Park climbed off the bottom of the table with victory in seamer-friendly conditions at Hadleigh last weekend.

But they will need to follow that up with a solid display at Gallows against Orsett, who are harbouring outside hopes of promotion after winning at Hornchurch last time out.

It was close enough when these two sides met in a 50-over contest in May, but Park came up 24 runs short with three overs unused.

Upminster v Harold Wood

Ollie Peck’s Upminster enjoyed another fine weekend with league and cup success over Chingford and Colchester.

And they will be looking to close the gap in the title race, as leaders Buckhurst Hill take on second-placed Shenfield.

They have beaten struggling Wood twice already this summer, following a convincing nine-wicket cup win with an eight-wicket success in the league a few weeks later.

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham scored 157 runs in those two meetings, without being dismissed, and shone with the ball last weekend, taking a combined 10-89. But Upminster are far from a one-man band.

Essex County Premier

Bow Rovers v Hornchurch Athletic

It’s a relegation six-pointer in east London as Athletic look to build on last weekend’s win over Barking.

Victory saw them climb one point above Bow, who came out on top when the two sides met at Hylands Park in mid-May.

Athletic dismissed their rivals for 140 that day, but as so often been the case this season, their batsmen struggled in reply and they fell to a 34-run defeat.

It’s not win or bust yet, but another loss in this return will plunge Athletic back into the drop zone.

Mid Essex Division 3

Pegasus & Corringham v Havering

Eight wins from their first 10 games sees Havering four points clear at the top of the table and they will hope to strengthen their title bid at struggling Pegs, who have won just twice so far this term.

Ben Leworthy’s side have strength in depth, with most players contributing key spells or innings to date.

Anthony Downes and Luke Dyerson took three wickets apiece as Pegs were dismissed for 139 in the earlier meeting at Broxhill Road and Peter Edge and Scott Jackson led the way with the bat in a five-wicket Havering win.

But don’t be surprised if other step up to the plate and perform the lead roles this time.

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