Smith shines for Ardleigh Green

PUBLISHED: 17:55 29 August 2011

Havering players check the condition of the pitch and the prevailing weather conditions (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Havering players check the condition of the pitch and the prevailing weather conditions (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Survival hopes boosted by victory

Ardleigh Green took a big step towards SN League Premier Division survival with victory in a rain-affected match at Hainault.

Roy Smith clubbed six sixes and seven fours in his 95 as Green piled up 209-6 from their 24 overs.

And it proved too big a task for the hosts, who made just 127-6 in reply as Anthony Hill picked up three wickets.

Green are 17 points clear of the relegation zone with one game left to play, at newly-crowned champions Brentwood next weekend.

Hornchurch Athletic avoided the drop in the Essex County League, despite losing their final Premier Division match of the season against May & Baker.

Chasing 197 for victory in a match cut to 33 overs, Athletic looked doomed as they slumped to 26-6.

But Stuart Whitaker and Michael Gooch shared a century stand and Pete Hammes hit out late on to lift their total to 172, meaning they earned enough bonus points – just – to send Barking down instead.

The news was not so good for Harold Wood, though, as their SN Division One clash at Orsett was washed out and their relegation was confirmed.

They will play in Division Two next season alongside Gidea Park & Romford, who fielded an inexperienced side at Upminster in a match cut to 23 overs.

Matt Tigg, Andrew Berry, Oliver Peck and Shafiq Rahman all took two wickets apiece as Park were skittled for just 43 in 18 overs.

Ejaz Khan claimed three wickets as Upminster reached their target in just 26 deliveries.

Havering’s promotion hopes in Mid-Essex League Division Three were hit by the weather.

After scoring 211-9, they saw promotion rivals East Hanningfield & Great Burstead reach 69-3 before play was abandoned.

Havering lie six points off the top two with one game left to play at mid-table Boreham.

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