Essex Division Three: Ardleigh Green ready to fight until the end in promotion battle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2016

Ardleigh Green skipper Chris Cook (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ardleigh Green skipper Chris Cook (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Captain Cook urges team to not give in over final eight games

Ardleigh Green captain Chris Cook hopes the team can profit from a tight promotion race in Essex League Division Three.

Green are currently sixth after 10 games with 121 points, but only 26 points seperate them from Westcliff in second.

This weekend sees Green make the trip to a Walthamstow side perched in the bottom three, while Westcliff are set to take on third-placed Basildon.

Cook knows the race for promotion is likely to go down to the wire, but is aware the best way to ensure Green are still involved at the business end is to keep picking up wins.

“We’re taking it week by week at the minute, knowing that every team in the league is capable of winning on any given weekend,” said the skipper.

“We’re not giving up and know that if we keep on winning and other results go our way, then promotion could be possible come the end of the season.”

Green’s success at Stanford last weekend did go down to the wire, with the visitors winning by three wickets with a ball to spare.

Muhammad Asif took 5-38 with the ball, before Tom Gentle hit 64 with the bat as Green successfully chased down 212, and Cook believes the nature of the finish made it a great match to watch for the neutrals.

“It was a good game of cricket in general and it’s the kind of exciting game you’d like to play in every week,” said Cook.

“Tom did well with his knock and others chipped in, which thankfully saw us over the line.

“We only needed five off the final over, but it was hard to get under the ball so we had to make do with a few singles and twos to get us over the line.”

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