Simmons steers Navestock Ardleigh Green to big win
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2016
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Captain's career-best innings sets up success
Navestock Ardleigh Green captain Matt Simmons hit a career-best 149 to help his side to a convincing Mid-Essex League Division Six win over Bentley thirds.
After winning the toss, Simmons chose to bat first but saw openers Rob Duhig and Liam Faulkner fall cheaply to leave his side 13-2.
Simmons and Jordan King then put on 197 for the third wicket, making a steady start and then scoring freely as the ball got older.
King fell 13 runs short of a maiden century, after seeing the skipper reach three figures, and Dan Firth helped lift the total to 274-4, with Simmons stumped off the last ball of the innings.
Bentley’s Derrick Buckle and Gary Bauckham bowled tight spells amid the carnage, taking a wicket apiece, but Tom Greaves made an early breakthrough in their reply.
First-team debutant Tom McCarthy produced an economical spell at the other end, before off-spinner Jack Gildersleeve ran through the Bentley middle-order on his way to career-best figures of 6-24, assisted by some good catches.
Billy Lozowski also had success, before Billy Greaves (2-0) wrapped up a 219-run win, with Mark Doran (20) and Luke Wilding (15) the only Bentley batsmen in double figures.
Simmons said: “It was a very pleasing victory against the local rivals and hopefully this will put us in the right frame of mind to finish the season strong.”
The seconds were awarded the points from their match with Bentley fourths and remain second in Division 10 with two matches remaining.