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Cricket: Craig Perrin relieved after narrow win for Harold Wood at Belhus in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 30 May 2018

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) celebrates a wicket with his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) celebrates a wicket with his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood won by just one wicket thanks to unbeaten 49 from Islam Shihan

Craig Perrin admits Harold Wood’s one-wicket victory at Belhus in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One was a lot tighter than it should have been.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Wood bowled their hosts out for 200, with Taqi Abbas taking 4-41.

In reply, the visitors scored at a good rate, but lost wickets regularly and just about made it over the line, with Islam Shihan finishing unbeaten on 49.

With the win, Wood moved up to second in the standings, and Perrin was relieved to see his side do just enough to squeak past Belhus.

“It was a bit closer than we would have liked in the end and we might have played out get-out-of-jail-free card a bit too early in the season,” admitted Perrin.

“Their top order did well, so we were happy in the end to bowl them out for 200.

“We lost an early wicket in reply, which is never ideal, and we were positive throughout our innings, but kept losing wickets.

“We were scoring at a good rate, but losing batsmen regularly certainly didn’t help us. We were happy to win in the end.”

There was disappointment for Wood in the Dukes Essex T20 on Monday, though, as they lost by seven wickets to Chelmsford in the first round.

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