Ford Cricket Club ready for Roding Valley trip in Essex County League Division One

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 14 July 2016

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

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Ali Raja helped first team win last weekend and is confident they can continue form for rest of the campaign

Chairman Ali Raja believes Ford can win the Essex County League Division One title after an emphatic victory at Redbridge Parks last weekend.

Ford won by 146 runs at the Parmiters Sports Ground and entertain second-placed Roding Valley on Saturday.

Their latest success moved them up to fourth, just 20 points behind Valley, but trailing leaders Barking seconds by 43 points, albeit with two games in hand on their rivals.

Raja is full of confidence that his side can put together a good run of form and challenge for honours towards the end of the season.

He said: “We will have another strong team out on Saturday and we’ll be looking for a satisfying victory again. They also beat us on the opening day of the season, so we will be looking for revenge.

“Barking lost at home to Tennyson at the weekend so that means we’ll go into this next game thinking we can go for the top two.

“We still have to play the leaders in a couple of weeks and we’re very confident that we can win this league. We also have the semi-finals of the League Cup to look forward to.”

After meeting Roding Valley this weekend, Ford make the trip to Barking for a pivotal fixture seven days later.

It should prove to be a crucial few weeks and if they can enjoy success against the leaders, it will give Raja’s men a small psychological boost before their next meeting with Barking in the semi-finals of the League Cup on August 29.

Confidence is high for Ford at the moment after managing to score 321 at Redbridge Parks last Saturday.

Opener Hassan Masood hit 53, while Muhammad Nadeem top scored with 87 and was backed up well by Siraj Nasir (67).

Raja impressed with the ball in reply and finished with 3-39, while Masood claimed 3-12.

Ajmal Baig (2-55) and Zain Mughal (2-26) helped dismiss Parks for 175 in the 41st over and Raja added: “It was a very good day for our top order and also for our bowlers.”

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