Essex Division Three: Woodford Green captain Jack Cossey wants to kick on at leaders Basildon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 May 2016

The 2016 cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

The 2016 cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Skipper urges team to build on first win of season last time out

Jack Cossey is hopeful that a first Essex League Division Three win of the season for Woodford Green last weekend will not prove to be a false dawn.

The High Road, Woodford club triumphed last time out against an Ardleigh Green side who had been in the Premier Division as recently as 2012.

Cossey’s Green host Basildon this weekend, who are currently second and one point behind early pacesetters Old Brentwoods.

And captain Cossey is confident that last weekend’s success will not prove to be a one-off as Green go in search of a second successive victory.

“We’ve had a good recent record against Basildon, so hopefully we can keep it going again,” said the middle-order batsman.

“If we can get on a bit of a streak, that would be great and the 50-over matches are just around the corner, which suits us so there is definitely some optimism for us.”

One of the bright sparks for Green so far this season has been the form of overseas player Cooper Bingham with the bat.

The Australian import has hit 171 runs in his three innings so far at an average of 57 to start the year in good nick.

Bingham struck up a solid partnership with Cossey against Ardleigh Green as the pair helped secure a seven-wicket win.

The skipper has also been handy in the early part of the new campaign and is pleased the team appear to be putting their batting troubles of the past behind them.

“Our biggest problem in years gone by has been with the bat, so it’s great that we are performing so well in that area this year,” added Cossey.

“Against Ardleigh, we had so many overs to get over the line, Cooper and I didn’t have to take many risks, but he is doing really well this season.”

The key for Green now is to use their first victory to generate momentum and swiftly move up the table as they look to win promotion this season.

And Cossey believes the success will give the squad a confidence boost, acknowledging that may well have been what was missing in the early part of the season when they lost twice.

“We’ve not played too badly this season, it’s just that there have been bad parts and moments in each game we’ve played,” he added.

“It’s about putting it together for the whole game and we need to start doing that regularly if we want to do well.

“We’re delighted we were able to get our first win of the season last weekend, even more so because we have had a few issues this season with killing teams off, but we did that against Ardleigh.”

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