Green give survival hopes a lift

PUBLISHED: 17:26 22 August 2011

Gidea Park players celebrate a Hornchurch wicket (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gidea Park players celebrate a Hornchurch wicket (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Slender win for Cook’s men

Ardleigh Green gave their Essex Premier Division survival hopes a lift with victory over South Woodford.

Half-centuries from Roy Smith (85) and Shaun Eaton (63) saw Green reach 226 in a rain-affected clash, before the hosts were set a revised target of 142 for victory.

And a good all-round bowling display saw Green clinch a four-run win, with Muazzam Ali (3-27) and Ali Horne (3-40) the pick of the attack.

Harold Wood kept their faint hopes alive in Division One with a surprise win over promotion hopefuls Shenfield.

Captain Rizwan Qureshi (5-26) and young Jack Stallibrass (4-40) combined to dismiss Shenfield for 181 and an unbeaten 62 from Raihan Hussain saw Wood reach a revised target with seven wickets to spare.

They remain 32 points adrift of safety, though, with only two games remaining.

Gidea Park & Romford had their relegation confirmed after derby defeat at Hornchurch.

Half-centuries from Simon Savides, Richard Sherlock and Paul Murray saw the hosts pile up a whopping 409-9, despite a 5-69 haul from Russ Collard.

And Park, set a revised target, came up short on 111-7.

Upminster’s clash at leaders Buckhurst Hill was washed out with the home side on 147-3.

But Havering maintained their Mid-Essex Division Three title hopes with victory over South Woodham Ferrers.

Captain Ben Leworthy (3-44) shone on his return as the visitors made 131-8 in a match reduced to 25 overs.

And Danny Beechey finished one short of an unbeaten century as Havering clinched an eight-wicket win with eight overs to spare.

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