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Cricket Preview: Ardleigh Green have hope against league champions Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2012

Gidea Park & Romford captain Chris Collier (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Gidea Park & Romford captain Chris Collier (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Hornchurch skipper Chris Sains believe team can draw a line under last week’s defeat

Ardleigh Green remain mired at the foot of the Shepherd Neame Premier League table as they prepare to welcome reigning champions Brentwood to Central Park on Saturday.

Green have had a torrid time this season, losing all of their four scheduled games of the new campaign.

Yet there were some positives to take from last week’s defeat to Colchester and East Essex, where two of their top order only narrowly failed to post half-centuries, including Alex Cason (pictured) and the tail showed plenty of spirit.

And as the Brentwood machine has yet to click in to gear – they currently lie seventh in the table after posting just one win – Green are not totally without hope.

■ In Division One, Hornchurch & Upminster are locked on 51 points after four games of the season, but have quite contrasting opponents at the weekend.

Ninth-placed

While Upminster welcome ninth-placed Harlow, Hornchurch are at home to Hadleigh & Thundersley, who trail them by just one point.

“Hadleigh are one of those teams that can beat anyone or can lose to anyone,” Hornchurch skipper Chris Sains said.

“We must just draw a line under last week’s loss and go out and get the win.”

League-leaders

■ Meanwhile in Division Two, league-leaders Harold Wood welcome third placed Wickford, who missed their chance to go to the top of the table when they were narrowly beaten last weekend.

Wickford’s conquerors were Gidea Park & Romford, who are likely to be without key players when they travel to Stanford Le Hope.

“There will be a couple of changes next week as all-rounder Russ Collard is away and they are big boots to fill,” Park skipper Chris Collier said.

“We are playing Stanford Le Hope for the first time at their place. They came up last season, while we went down.”

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