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Brabner: Mixed feelings after draw

PUBLISHED: 16:37 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:24 08 June 2015

Harold Wood's Richard Brabner (pic: Graham Hodges)

Harold Wood's Richard Brabner (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Harold Wood still searching for first Premier League win of season

Harold Wood drew away to South Woodford at the weekend but stand-in captain Richard Brabner believes the team would have been good value for their first win of the season.

The visitors batted first and reached 263 all out, with Maruf Chowdhury (62) and Hamza Ahmed (59) making important contributions.

But the hosts held on to draw with half centuries from Dane Watson (62) and Simon Correya (55), leaving Brabner frustrated.

“There were mixed feelings after the game. It was a good performance and I think we were the better team,” he said.

“We batted well after ahving a few troubles at the start. After the new ball, we were able to build some good partnerships on what was a good track for batsmen.

“They got off to a relatively quick start and while we took early wickets the pitch didn’t do too much after that.”

South Woodford have safely navigated their way to 42 without loss before losing five wickets for just 14 runs.

The home team then made it to 100 before losing their sixth wicket, with two more men departing for a further 20.

That bought Correya to the crease alongside Watson, who was already 48 by that point, and Brabner was quick to praise the opposition duo’s resilience

“All Premier League teams tend to bat well right down the order,” he added.

“It was tough to bowl someone out on a wicket that didn’t give much away. It was not too difficult to bat on.”

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