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Cricket: South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock delighted after huge chase to beat Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 August 2016

South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock (right) in the field (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock (right) in the field (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Captain praises side following remarkable effort

South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock could not quite believe that his team were able to pull off a remarkable run chase and down Hornchurch by five wickets in the Essex Premier Division.

The hosts won the toss and were put into field as the visitors racked up 301-7 from their 50 overs with 109 off 75 balls for Rashidi Boucher the top score.

In reply, a superb 116 not out from Peter Lazarus helped steer South Woodford to success at Highfield Road and close to within two points of safety.

And even Craddock admits he was slightly shocked his side were able to pull off an incredible chase to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.

“It was an incredible win! We came off dejected and full credit to Rashidi Boucher in their middle order, he really took off,” said Craddock.

“We didn’t do much wrong and it was a great pitch because there were 600 runs scored on it. We knew we had to stick together and play positively.”

Though they ultimately chased their target down with 14 balls to spare, South Woodford’s chase did get off to a stuttering start as opener Richard Browne fell for just one.

Lazarus and Craddock were able to steady the ship with a partnership of 104 for the second wicket before the skipper departed for 49.

And Craddock believes that partnership ultimately proved important to the Highfield Road club’s successful chase.

“We lost Richard early on, but our second wicket stand was crucial. We were always up with the run rate and that was probably the best run chase I’ve been involved with at the club.”

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