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Essex Division Three: Ardleigh Green cricket club captain Chris Cook calls for focus against Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 15:30 20 May 2016

Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Chris Cook has warned Ardleigh Green against complacency when they host Woodford Green in Essex League Division Three on Saturday.

Cook’s men have started the season well, drawing with Walthamstow last weekend after an opening-day win over Stanford.

Woodford Green, meanwhile, have lost their first two fixtures, but they do have players capable of big innings, with Cooper Bingham hitting a century last weekend and captain Jack Cossey also in the runs early on.

And Cook knows the quality of those players means this weekend will not be as straightforward for his team as it appears.

“You can’t underestimate anyone in this league because we all have squads that can win on their day,” said Cook.

“In this league, if everyone for a team turns up and performs to the best of their ability, then they will probably win that game.

“We have to make sure that is us. We need to get our heads down and make sure we perform to the best of our ability each week.”

Cook is certainly playing to his best at the moment, hitting 119 in his two innings so far and yet to be dismissed in the league.

The skipper top scored with an unbeaten 78 last time out as Green closed on 218-8 at Walthamstow.

In reply, Jamal Chaudhry and Muhammad Asif both took three wickets, while Chris Haylett collected a brace of wickets.

Sadly, Green were unable to take the last two wickets as the match ended in a draw, with the visitors collecting 11 points.

It sees the club well placed for a crack at promotion this season, and Cook is just happy to have points on the board following a difficult campaign last year that ended with relegation.

He added: “There’s a good atmosphere at the club again and it is something that we want to keep going throughout the season.

“We’ve almost had to start again with the young squad that we have here, but we’ve started well and long may it continue.

“We do have a few who have played at a higher level too, and we will be looking for them to show their experience as the season goes on.

“But the aim of going back up at the first attempt is looking good at the minute.”

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