Harold Wood vice-captain Khan wants to get the better of borough rivals Gidea Park
PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 August 2018
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Wood suffered narrow two-run defeat at home to Buckhurst Hill last weekend
Harold Wood vice-captain Shahbaz Khan is excited by the possibility of claiming bragging rights over Gidea Park & Romford ahead of the meeting between the sides in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday.
The London Borough of Havering rivals face off this weekend at Gallows Corner, with local pride and vital points at stake.
Wood won the meeting between the teams earlier in the season, easing to a seven-wicket success over their rivals in June.
And Khan says Wood are looking to do the double over Park, which he hopes can prove the start to a strong end to the season.
“Gidea Park are our local rivals and it always seems to be a good game when we play them,” said Khan.
“We’ll try our best to get the win because we hope to end the season on a good run of form. There’s still a chance that we could win promotion, but we know we will probably have to win each of our last five games to do that.”
Khan will lead Wood this weekend in the absence of regular skipper Craig Perrin, and it may not be just his leadership credentials that are missed against Park.
The wicket-keeper has been in fine batting form in recent weeks, having notched four half-centuries in his last five league innings.
Khan, who himself has a ton and a half-century in two of his last three league innings, acknowledges his skipper is in fine form with thebat, but hopes to be the one to get the runs for Wood in Perrin’s absence.
“Craig has been performing well with the bat and hopefully I can continue that in his absence this weekend,” he added.
Wood go into the Havering derby off the back of a narrow two-run defeat at home to Buckhurst Hill last weekend.
After Taqi Abbas took 5-41 with the ball, Wood were set a target of 227 to secure the victory.
And despite being very well placed at 192-3 in reply, Wood lost their final seven wickets for the addition of just 32 runs to slump to a second league defeat in succession.
Wood will hope there is no repeat of that batting collapse when they make the very short trip down the A12 to take on struggling Park on Saturday.