Green survive in top flight

PUBLISHED: 08:23 05 September 2011

Ardleigh Green celebrate survival (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ardleigh Green celebrate survival (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Defeat condemns Hainault to drop

Ardleigh Green survived relegation from the Essex Premier Division despite losing to champions Brentwood on the final day of the season.

Aaron West’s unbeaten century led the visitors to a challenging 293-5 at Central Park, as Thomas Oakley and Shaun Eaton grabbed a brace of wickets apiece for Green.

And although the home side were shot out for just 125 in reply, Hainault’s seven-wicket defeat against Chelmsford condemned them to the drop with Loughton.

Billy Gordon was the all-round hero for Hornchurch as they beat derby rivals Upminster in Division One.

Gordon (4-56) was the pick of the bowling as the home side were dismissed for 296, with Alan Ison (83) top scoring.

And the youngster then struck two sixes and 21 fours in a stunning unbeaten 170 to lead Hornchurch to a five-wicket win with two overs to spare.

Upminster finished in third place despite defeat, while relegated Harold Wood ended their campaign with a victory.

Shahzad Hafeez (41) top scored as Wood were dismissed for 187 against Fives.

And good spells from Hamza Ikram (4-42) and Jack Stallibrass (3-25) helped Wood claim a 43-run victory.

Jamal Francis shone with bat and ball for Gidea Park & Romford, taking five wickets as Chingford were dismissed for 199.

Francis then opened the Park innings and hit 12 fours in his 105, but lacked support in an 11-run defeat.

Havering eased to a nine-wicket win at Boreham in Mid-Essex League Division Three.

But it was not enough to clinch promotion as rivals East Hanningfield & Great Burstead and Rayleigh Fairview won their final matches of the campaign to finish in the top two.

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