Harold Wood’s Brabner hails best win ‘for years’
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 June 2017
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Captain delighted with five-run success at Buckhurst Hill
Harold Wood captain Richard Brabner admitted his side’s win over Buckhurst Hill was one of the best matches he had played in “for a few years”.
Wood claimed a tense five-run win over their Essex League Division One rivals, to make it three victories in a row and move up to second place in the table behind Hadleigh.
Brabner (4-35) shone with the ball, claiming the vital wicket of South African Hendro Puchert as Hill collapsed from 179-6 to 199 all out.
And he said: “It was a thrilling game to be a part of. One of the best for a few years, really topsy-turvy, and we were delighted to pull it off.”
Brabner had chosen to bat after winning the toss but saw in-form duo Raihan Hussain and Craig Perrin fall cheaply to leave his side 11-2.
A third wicket fell with the score on 36, before Shahbaz Khan (57) put on 83 with Maruf Chowdhury.
Khan hit a six and nine fours in his 72-ball innings, but Craig Sampson and Wasim Khalid did not last long as Wood found themselves 146-6.
Chowdhury fell three runs short of a half-century to make it 159-7, before Brabner and Waqas Shafique (26) put on a vital 45 for the eighth wicket.
The last three Wood wickets then fell without addition, to leave them all out for 204 with an over unused.
Brabner added: “We had a bit of a tricky start, but Shahbaz and Maruf did a good job and Waqas and I scrambled over 200.
“220 was probably par but we had something to bowla dt and did a really good job in the field.”
Brabner and Khalid (2-21) had some success as Hill reached 117-4, but the home side looked favourites as they reduced their target to 25 off 30 balls with four wickets in hand.
The dismissal of Puchert (73) proved key, though, and Brabner added: “Hendro was the glue that kept their innings together. When I got him out, we thought we had a chance.
“He’s integral to their line-up and it gave us an opening, before Maruf and I finished it off.”