Green give hopes a boost

PUBLISHED: 08:43 11 July 2011

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (TGS)

Hornchurch Athletic players celebrate a wicket (TGS)

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Victory lifts locals out of drop zone

Ardleigh Green gave their Essex League Premier Division survival hopes a boost with victory at Loughton.

Roy Smith (53) top scored as Green made 221, despite a five-wicket haul from Bilal Butt.

And the visitors produced a solid display in the field to defend that total, dismissing Loughton for 194 and complete a double over them.

Victory also lifted Green out of the bottom two above Chelmsford, who they visit next weekend.

Gidea Park & Romford climbed off the bottom of the Division One table after recording only their second win of the season.

Hosts Hadleigh decided to bat after winning the toss, but the move backfired as Park shot them out for just 86 in 33 overs.

Park lost four wickets in reply as they reached their target inside 18 overs.

Victory allowed Park to leapfrog rivals Harold Wood, who were edged out by leaders Buckhurst Hill.

Nadeem Sohail and David Hollingsworth shared a half-century stand to get Wood off to a solid start, but they fell away to 141 all out.

Captain Rizwan Qureshi made early inroads with the ball in reply and bowled unchanged at one end for 27.3 overs.

Qureshi picked up 5-67 but could not prevent Hill clinching a two-wicket win.

Upminster kept their promotion hopes alive with victory over Chingford.

Terry Wyatt (53) top scored as Upminster were dismissed for 196 and Jimmy Neesham claimed 7-43 to clinch a 21-run success.

But there was disappointment for inconsistent Hornchurch, who were beaten by Orsett at Harrow Lodge Park.

Chasing 183, Hornchurch were dismissed for 145 as Orsett’s George Pavitt took 6-30.

Hornchurch Athletic beat Barking by three wickets for a vital Essex County League Premier Division win, while Havering kept their Mid-Essex League Division Three title hopes alive with a seven-wicket triumph over Willow Herbs.

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