Roy provides Green shoots of recovery

PUBLISHED: 07:27 31 May 2011

Oliver Peck of Upminster appeals for a wicket (TGS)

Oliver Peck of Upminster appeals for a wicket (TGS)

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Former skipper sets up vital victory

An unbeaten century from Roy Smith helped Ardleigh Green to Premier Division victory against Chelmsford on Saturday.

Former captain Smith scored 157 not out as Green made 239-9 from their 50 overs at Central Park.

And Green then produced the goods in the field, dismissing the visitors for 184 to seal a 55-run win.

Upminster maintained their good form in Division One with a comfortable derby win at Harold Wood.

Jimmy Neesham, Sutha Kailasapillai, Alan Ison, captain Oliver Peck and James Aggio-Brewe took two wickets apiece as Wood were dismissed for 164, with Craig Sampson (41) the top scorer.

And Ison took Upminster to the brink of an eight-wicket success, falling one run short of his century before Neesham and James Evans completed the task.

There was disappointment for Gidea Park & Romford and Hornchurch, however.

Park skipper Russ Collard and Ejaz Khan claimed three wickets each as hosts Orsett were dismissed for 182.

But the visitors were soon in trouble at 6-2 and, despite a 61-run stand between Matt Tarr (45) and Collard (21) continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

John Jones made 24 down the order, but Park were shot out for 158 with three overs to spare.

Chris Sains (70) top scored as Hornchurch were dismissed for 178 by Chingford, who claimed a four-wicket win thanks to an unbeaten half-century from former Ardleigh Green man Shaun McMurray.

Half centuries from Ross Raftery and Sam Samarasekera helped Hornchurch Athletic reach 226-9 in their Essex County League clash with Fords.

And three wickets apiece from Paul Crane and Stuart Caruana helped clinch a six-run win in a tense finish.

Havering maintained their winning run in Mid-Essex League Division Three, after captain Ben Leworthy’s four-wicket haul helped dismiss Rayleigh Fairview for 130.

Danny Beechey (40) and Scott Jackson (49) put on 79 to set up a seven-wicket triumph.

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