Clarke’s keen to down Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 July 2015

Harold Wood batting against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood batting against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harold Wood skipper says team must draw on past encounter

Tom Clarke believes Harold Wood can topple Essex League Premier Division title chasers Wanstead tomorrow (Saturday) if the last game between the teams is anything to go by.

Wood were 192-5 chasing 215 for victory when the sides met on the second weekend of the season, with time on their side.

But a collapse soon followed and Wanstead bowled them out for 208.

Despite that result, Clarke believes there are positives to take into the return fixture this weekend.

“We seemed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory in that match. We pushed them right to the edge and fell just short in the end,” he said.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do that again. They’re a good side who seem to have a knack for winning.

“It will be tricky and all we can do is perform as well as we can as a team.”

Clarke is also fully aware that the weekend’s hosts have a batting line-up that could cause them problems.

“All we can do is bowl in the right areas, but if someone has an amazing day, there’s not much you can do,” he said.

“You just have to make sure you don’t gift them that chance. Wanstead have a great batting line-up so if we were to focus on just a couple, they have others who could hurt us.”

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