Navestock Ardleigh Green collapse against Hornchurch Athletic

PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 August 2016

Rob Duhig in batting action for Navestock Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Rob Duhig in batting action for Navestock Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Third successive loss for Division Six outfit

Navestock Ardleigh Green suffered another batting collapse to go down by 17 runs against Hornchurch Athletic seconds in Mid-Essex League Division Six.

Lak Gill (72) held the Athletic innings together at Hylands Park, putting on 75 for the first wicket with Steve Richards (29).

Jack Gildersleeve (4-35) made inroads as the middle-order bstsmen struggled, with Billy Greaves (5-37) claiming his first five-wicket haul of the season.

But Tom Troubridge (33) helped Athletic close on 181 and Green lost Bradesh Patel without scoring in reply.

Rob Duhig (62) maintained his good form and had support from Kieron Scott, but the latter was then run out and Green slumped from 105-3 to 117-7.

Greaves (26) and Prakesh Patel (26) looked to have got them back on track, but Steve Richards (4-30) and Sam Blowers (3-22) saw Athletic defend their total.

After three successive losses Green will look to get back on track when they host Bentley thirds tomorrow (Saturday).

There was better news for the seconds as they beat Rainham thirds by six wickets in their biggest game of the season in Division 10.

Tom McCarthy (4-30) and Lefras Coeztee (3-30) dismantled Rainham’s top order, with under-15 Zac Decastro Bunce and veterans Keith Mitchell and Vic Simmons also have success.

Chasing 117 for a key win, Green saw Phil Sergeant fall cheaply, before Keith Abbott (28) and Ian Scott (32) combined.

Graham Stock (24) kept them on track, with juniors Will Archer and Decastro Bunce completing victory which leaves second-placed Green 13 points behind leaders Rayleigh fifths, with Rainham four points further back.

They will look to maintain their promotion push when they face Bentley fourths this weekend.

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