Gidea Park & Romford get derby bragging rights
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 June 2015
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Ardleigh Green come up just short
Gidea Park & Romford earned the Essex League Division Two derby bragging rights after a tense triumph at Ardleigh Green.
Park had managed just one win from their first five timed matches of the season, while Green were propping up the table with just nine points to their name.
But the near neighbours combined to produce a thrilling contest, before Park claimed victory by just six runs.
The start of play was delayed until 1.50pm, with the match cut to 43 overs per side.
And Park lost Chris Collier cheaply after Green skipper Chris Cook (2-30) had won the toss and put the visitors into bat at Central Park.
Sam Hewitt (31) and Shawn Findlay (37) put on 67 for the second wicket, in quick time, before James Duhig made the breakthrough.
Cook then sent Hewitt and Alan Croft back in quick succession to leave Park 104-4, but Matthew Tarr and Kasi Hoq hit back for the visitors in an 85-run partnership.
Tarr fell six runs short of his half-century, becoming a second victim for Ayaz Younis (3-27), who then trapped stand-in skipper Russ Collard leg before wicket.
Phil Ayres was run out cheaply but Hoq finished unbeaten on 54 and had late support from James Pegram as Park closed on 221-7.
Green got off to a good start in reply as openers Alex Cason (26) and Sandeep Adlakha (35) put on 68.
But both fell without addition to the score, as Pegram claimed Cason’s scalp and Hewitt held onto a return catch to send Adlakha packing.
Cook followed with the total on 95, with Chris Haylett (27) stumped by Hoq as he looked to increase the scoring rate.
Paul Hurworth hit out to score 51 off 40 balls, though, with two sixes and six fours to get Green to 181-5, before Findlay (2-22) found a way through his defences.
James Haylett become the third victim of Hewitt (3-47), before Collard sent Younis and Duhig back in quick succession to leave Green 204-9.
But Dave Rai got the home side to within one scoring shot of levelling the scores before he was stumped by Hoq, who claimed his fifth dismissal of the innings off the bowling of Collard (3-44) to clinch victory for Park.