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PUBLISHED: 08:38 25 June 2012 | UPDATED: 08:50 25 June 2012

Waqas Shafique of Harold Wood (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Waqas Shafique of Harold Wood (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Green break duck in Premier Division

Ardleigh Green recorded their first win of the SNEL Premier Division season thanks to the latest century of Roy Smith’s career.

The long-serving Smith hit a six and 15 fours in his 103, from just 99 balls, to pave the way for a four-wicket success against Woodford Wells.

Spinners Chamikara Mudalige (4-49) and Ricky Gill (3-64) shared the bowling honours as Wells were dismissed for 251.

Thomas Oakley and Alex Cason put on 62 for the first Green wicket, before Smith took centre stage.

Chris Haylett also chipped in before captain Chris Cook steered his side home.

Billy Gordon’s century proved in vain as Hornchurch fell to a five-wicket defeat against Hainault in Division One.

But Upminster beat Loughton by 72 runs, after Alan Ison became the first batsman to reach 500 league runs for the season.

Ison top scored with 81 as Upminster reached 243-8, with Leon Downie also hitting a half-century.

Joh Curtis made early inroads with the ball, before Upminster captain Ollie Peck ran through the middle order to pick up five wickets.

Ison returned to the attack to nab a brace and seal victory.

Harold Wood maintained their promotion bid in Division Two with a comfortable six-wicket win over Leigh, after dismissing the visitors for a modest 142.

But Gidea Park & Romford were frustrated by Horndon’d last-wicket pair for the last two overs of their match, which ended in a draw.

Half-centuries from Vinayak Mane and Russ Collard led Park to 217-5.

And three wickets apiece from Collard and Nigel Fretwell put Park on the brink of victory, only for Horndon to hold on.

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