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Khan demands improved performance from Harold Wood against Hainault

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 17 August 2018

Harold Wood vice-captain Shahbaz Khan (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood vice-captain Shahbaz Khan (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood lost by five wickets at Havering rivals Gidea Park & Romford last weekend

Harold Wood vice-captain Shahbaz Khan has called on the team to deliver an improved display when they host Hainault & Clayhall in the Sheperd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday.

Wood suffered a chastening five-wicket defeat to London Borough of Havering rivals Gidea Park & Romford last weekend, being dismissed for just 119.

Khan admits that performance was below par, and has challenged the team to do better on Saturday.

And with a change in formats this weekend, with matches across all Shepherd Neame Essex League divisions returning to all-day fixtures for the final four games this term, Khan knows there is no time like the present for Wood to improve.

“We know that we have to change gear going into the final four games of the season and we’re looking forward to a return to the all-day matches,” he said.

“We beat Hainault earlier in the season and we should have a good squad to choose from this weekend, so we’re confident.

“We know we have to improve this weekend, but the boys are determined to turn up for the game with a winning mindset.”

Against Gidea Park last week, Wood were left to rue a poor batting display that sent them crashing to a defeat.

After losing the toss and being out into bat, only Mdaminul Isalm Shishan (35), George Bryant (21) and Juwel Roy (10) reached double figures for Wood.

And Khan fully acknowledges that Wood’s poor display with the bat ultimately cost them against GPR.

“We didn’t perform well with the bat; the ball swung away a bit more last week, but we played bad shots and got ourselves out,”added the vice-captain.

“Had we scored something around the 180-200 mark, that may have been a defendable score, but less than 120 certainly wasn’t.

“Conditions were different to what they had been in recent weeks and it suited the bowlers, especially early on.

“The first 15 overs really damaged us, and though Mdaminul and George did well, the rest of us just couldn’t get going.”

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