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Green struggles continue

PUBLISHED: 12:11 01 August 2011

A Gidea Park & Romford player acts up for the camera (TGS)

A Gidea Park & Romford player acts up for the camera (TGS)

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Little breathing space at bottom

Ardleigh Green are just five points above the Essex League Premier Division relegation zone after losing to Ilford at the weekend.

Thomas Oakley (63) top scored in Green’s 241-9, with Shaun Eaton, Ananda Krishnan and Muazzam Ali all contributing.

But openers Gagan Bhogal (111) and Nigel Jacob (94) shared a notable stand to put Ilford on their way to a seven-wicket win.

Green visit leaders Wanstead on Saturday.

Gidea Park & Romford remain rooted to the foot of the Division One table, 20 points adrift of safety, after their defeat against Fives.

Asif Iqbal hit two sixes and 12 fours to score 78 off 76 balls in Park’s 226.

And they were on top after reducing Fives to 84-5, before Rahul Bhome and Ben Britton’s century stand turned the match once again to set up a four-wicket victory.

Harold Wood also remain in trouble after losing their derby against Hornchurch.

Half centuries from Paul Murray, Chris Sains and Billy Gordon led Hornchurch to 259-7, despite a five-wicket haul from Rizwan Qureshi.

Captain Qureshi hit 74 in reply to give Wood hope, with Richard Brabner also passing fifty.

But Richard Sherlock mopped up the tail to complete a five-wicket haul and a five-run win for Hornchurch.

Upminster maintained their promotion bid with a seven-wicket victory against Hadleigh.

The visitors made 309-8 at Upminster Park, but Ollie Peck’s men reached their target with seven wickets in hand and are just two points behind second-placed Shenfield with five games remaining.

Havering remain top of Mid-Essex League Division Three after beating Rayleigh Fairview by six wickets.

And Noak Hill Taverners are three points clear in Essex County League Division Two after beating Bow Green, but Hornchurch Athletic slipped to defeat against Premier Division rivals Ford.


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