Park pleased to earn bragging rights

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 June 2015

Russ Collard in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford against Wickford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Russ Collard in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford against Wickford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gidea Park earned narrow win over Ardleigh Green

Russ Collard says the Gidea Park & Romford team were thrilled to record their second victory of the season at local rivals Ardleigh Green.

The visitors to Central Park were put into bat and saw Chris Collier removed for just two, brining Shawn Findlay to the crease.

Findlay (37) steadied the innings alongside Sam Hewitt (31), the duo putting on 67 for the second wicket.

Kasi Hoq (54 not out) and Matthew Tarr (44) later shared a fifth-wicket stand of 85 as Park reached 221-7.

In reply, Green were bowled out for 215 as GPR won by six runs, handing bragging right to stand-in skipper Collard and his team mates.

“We’re delighted to pick up another win. We played very well and we set our stall out to score as many runs as quickly as possible,” said Collard.

“Shawn came in early on alongside Sam and the pair did well for us. Then we had Matt and Kasi with another good partnership. We were consistently scoring four an over.

“We felt that our final score might have been around 20 to 25 runs short but credit to Ardleigh Green, They fielded well in tough conditions and Chris Haylett bowled well for them.”

The hosts had made a positive start to their innings, reaching 68 without loss before losing Alex Casson (26) and Sandeep Adlakha (35) in quick succession.

A knock of 51 from Paul Hurworth helped Green recover and set up a nervy finish before Collard (3-44) came in to sweep up the tail.

And after securing the narrowest of victories, Collard delighted in the performance of the bowling attack.

He added: “All the bowlers bowled really well and Shawn was impressive again. We made sure they were never too far ahead of the run rate throughout.

“Harry Thompson might not have picked up any wickets but he had a couple of dropped catches. It’s good to see a young lad come into the first team and do well.

“At the end, I think it was the experience of some of the older bowlers who got us over the line.”

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