PUBLISHED: 09:16 11 August 2011
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Lots to play for in final month
SNEL Premier Division
Ardleigh Green v Woodford Wells
Buoyed by their excellent win over leaders Wanstead last weekend, Green face the first of two crunch games.
Wells are the visitors to Central Park this weekend, as games revert back to the 50-overs format, and won by 39 runs when the two sides met in early June.
Green visit South Woodford next weekend and a pair of victories could almost ensure their top flight survival.
Chingford v Harold Wood
Wood will be aiming to bounce back after a heavy defeat against Hadleigh.
They remain in the relegation zone and trail Chingford by 31 points with only four games left.
Frustrated when their earlier meeting ended in a draw, Wood will hope to make their point in the return. Defeat could all but send them back to Division Two.
GP & Romford v Buckhurst Hill
Park are on the brink of a second successive relegation following defeat against Shenfield last weekend.
Table-topping Hill visit Gallows Corner this weekend, with Park lying 37 points adrift of safety.
They probably need three wins from their last four matches, but have won only two of their first 14. The odds are stacked against survival.
Shenfield v Hornchurch
Inconsistent Hornchurch are closer to relegation than promotion and will be thankful to see Harold Wood and Gidea Park & Romford struggling so badly.
Leaders Buckhurst Hill proved too strong for Mark Whitlock’s men last weekend and they visit second-placed Shenfield looking to complete a double.
Whitlock claimed four wickets himself as Shenfield were dispatched by 63 runs at Harrow Lodge Park in June and will want his side to show similar form in the return meeting.
Upminster v Fives
Beaten by Orsett after another 300-plus run chase last weekend, Upminster can ill-afford many more slip-ups.
Ollie Peck’s men trail promotion rivals Shenfield by 13 points, with four games remaining, and will hope to get back to winning ways on home turf.
New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham shocked Fives with a seven-wicket haul and half-century to set up a three-wicket win in June and will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing day at Orsett, where he took 0-41 from six overs and was dismissed for just six.
Essex County League
Asian v Hornchurch Athletic
Defeat against table-topping Goresbrook sent Athletic back into the relegation zone.
And they visit second-placed Asian this weekend in desperate need of points to ensure their top flight survival.
Their last two games are against Hawks and May & Baker, who could both yet be dragged into the equation.
Springfield II v Havering
Table-topping Havering suffered only their second defeat of the season against struggling Hockley last weekend.
Captain Ben Leworthy was one of several players missing, but his side actually extended their lead at the summit to 19 points.
Third-placed Rayleigh Fairview closed the gap, though, and Leworthy will be looking for his men to ensure there are no more mistakes as they close in on promotion.
GP & Romford v Upminster
A final place is at stake at Gallows Corner as these two rivals meet in the cup.
Upminster have already beaten Park in league and Essex T20 action this season and will be favourites to complete a treble.
But the home side will be desperate to give their season a boost, with Chelmsford and Shenfield meeting in the other semi-final.
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