Brabner purrs after first success

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 08 July 2015

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

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


Bowler delighted team pull clear of drop with win

Harold Wood finally broke their duck and moved out of the Essex Premier Division relegation zone with a win over Chingford, which stand-in captain Richard Brabner says left the team ecstatic.

After eight fixtures without a win, Harold Wood edged out the defending champions to end the game triumphant by just 11 runs.

A brilliant 79 from Raihan Hussain and 62 by opener Hamza Ahmed gave the hosts the platform they needed to win, but Brabner was quick to praise the whole team.

“It was a really good team display. Everyone is delighted, particularly to defeat the defending champions,” said Brabner.

“Chingford bowled particularly well and I thought were posted a total that was probably 20 to 30 runs shorts of par.

“Raihan batted well for us at a time when it looked like we might have struggled to get 200 and helped us post a competitive total.”

One of the stars of the bowling attack against Chingford was Shahbaz Khan, who ended the innings with 4-33 from a 10 over spell that featured four maidens.

And having seen Khan toil to little effect earlier in the season, Brabner was delighted to see him hit form, adding :“Shahbaz hasn’t really had much luck this year but it finally clicked for him on Saturday.

“He took around 30 wickets in total last season and he showed what he is capable of against Chingford.”

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