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Clarke delighted with latest Wood win

Umar Farooq in batting action for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Umar Farooq in batting action for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Monday, July 7, 2014
2:42 PM

Captain hails fine team display at Chingford

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Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke hailed his side after a good team performance helped see off Chingford in the Essex League Premier Division.

Clarke’s side registered 245-9 before bowling out Chingford for 126 to register a fifth win in nine league matches, to the delight of the Wood skipper.

Umar Farooq earned praise from his captain after scoring 28 not out before he mopped up the Chingford tail with figures of 4-12 from four overs.

Clarke said: “Umar has been excellent all season and he came in and smacked a few late runs to get us up to a good total. We knew we had a good score on the board.

“The boys put the balls in the right areas afterwards and we got wickets early on and then brought on Umar towards the end and he went through the tail.

“It was a really good performance all round, but it could have been very different I think had things not gone our way. It was good to have everybody chip in and that is what it has been like all season, every week somebody has.”

Although Wood’s 119-run victory appears straightforward on paper, Clarke was quick to refute claims it was comfortable.

After deciding to bat first, Clarke saw Wood struggling at 8-2, but solid knocks from Raihan Hussain (43), Shahbaz Khan (69) and Richard Brabner (51) helped set up victory.

“Raihan batted really nicely and stuck around and then Shahbaz batted really well alongside Richard Brabner,” Clarke added.

“They got us to around 150-3 and then we had another little collapse and at one point it looked like we would struggle to get up to 200, but Kristen Ali batted really well for 38.”

Ali’s runs alongside Farooq’s knock meant Clarke’s bowlers had lots to play with and three claimed double scalps.

Khan (2-45) got the ball rolling with the first Chingford dismissal and Brabner (2-22) and Mahruf Choudhary (2-35) chipped in before Farooq stole the show.

Clarke added: “I was confident because we had something on the scoreboard. Whenever you get 200 the opposition are under pressure and we knew we could go out there and not be under too much pressure.

“We got wickets at key times and we were able to get the victory which on the scorecard looks comfortable but wasn’t quite that easy.”

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