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Perrin wants Harold Wood to finish strongly at home

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 August 2018

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood won by seven wickets at Orsett & Thurrock last weekend

Craig Perrin wants Harold Wood to sign off from their own ground for the season on a high by beating Colchester & East Essex in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday.

Wood are set for their final home league game of the season on Saturday, and will be looking to ensure their finish with a positive win-loss record on their own ground.

Heading into Saturday’s clash, Wood have won four and lost four of their eight home league games to date, so will be looking for another success against Colchester.

And Perrin revealed that any success this weekend would give him bragging rights over someone he knows very well.

“Their captain (Jake Foley) is a close friend of mine, so it would be nice if we can get that win from that point of view this weekend,” said Perrin.

“We lost at their place earlier in the season, so hopefully we can be the ones celebrating on Saturday.

“We have a good record at home on the whole this campaign and we want to continue that on Saturday.”

Wood head into Saturday’s game off the back of a seven-wicket success at bottom club Orsett & Thurrock.

The victory was a second in a row in the league for Wood, and Perrin hopes his team can maintain their winning form through to the end of the term with only two matches left.

“We want to build momentum heading into next season and we have two games to go, so if we end by winning all of our last four games, that would be nice,” he added.

“If we can end in a good run of form, it helps put a more positive spin on the season so we have to keep going.”

Against Orsett, Hamzah Ikram bowled well to finish with figures of 5-23 and Perrin revealed that may have been in part down to a tactical switch.

“We tried something new last week by pushing Hamzah into the middle of our bowling attack after he had opened for much of the season,” he added.

“It seemed to work as Harry Thompson bowled well up top and when Hamzah came in, the pressure was on Orsett and it told in the end.”

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