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Cricket: Craig Perrin confident Harold Wood can be a force at home ahead of hosting Woodford Wells in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 May 2018

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood started league season with an abandonment at Upminster last Saturday

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin wants his side to be a force at home this term ahead of hosting Woodford Wells in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday.

Wood are at home this weekend after they began their league season with a trip to Havering rivals Upminster last Saturday.

Sadly, that game ended in an abandonment due to rain, but Perrin is confident Wood can hit the ground running at home this weekend.

“We’ve got a good record at Harold Wood because it’s a ground that suits our bowling lineup,” said Perrin

“We’ve got a good, strong spinning attack, so once we get through the new ball, the spinners will be on and we’ll squeeze the opposition and hopefully win a few games.”

Away to Upminster last weekend, Wood lost the toss and were put into bat on a wet wicket, with light drizzle still falling.

Despite the conditions, the visitors managed to reach 135 before being dismissed, with a knock of 27 from Hafiz Afzal the top score.

Shahbaz Khan took an early wicket for Wood in Upminster’s reply, with the hosts 41-1 before rain brought an early end to proceedings.

It led to the spoils being shared, with both sides taking six points, but Perrin was disappointed to open the league season with an abandonment.

“It was raining all through our innings and they were tough conditions to bat in,” he added.

“It was not an easy start to the league season, but we stuck at it.

“On a slow outfield, we felt 135 was slightly below par, but it was not a million miles away from being a good score.

“We felt we had a good chance to bowl Upminster out and win the game, but the rain came.

“They were probably slightly on top being 41-1, but there was still a long way to go. It was a shame conditions became unplayable.”

The weather looks better this weekend, and Perrin is keen to make the most of it.

“If the weather’s good, fingers crossed we will be in good shape again.

“We’ve got a couple players to welcome back, so we should be at full strength from next week onwards.”

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