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Cricket: Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin confident of another good display at Belhus in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 May 2018

Craig Perrin (left) keeps wicket for Harold Wood earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Craig Perrin (left) keeps wicket for Harold Wood earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood beat Woodford Wells by eight wickets last weekend

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin knows his side must play to their potential again on Saturday if they are to get the better of Belhus in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One.

Wood recorded their first win of the season last weekend, beating Woodford Wells by eight wickets at home.

Perrin would love Wood to pick up another victory on Saturday when they visit Belhus and he knows that after getting their first win last time out, standards must not drop.

“If we play as we did against Wells, then I’m confident we can get another good result this weekend,” he said.

“It’s a new game of cricket this weekend, so we know we have to play a good game if we are to win.”

Against Wells last week, Wood were aided by a brilliant partnership between openers Hafiz Afzal and Raihan Hussain.

Afzal finished unbeaten with a top score of 96, while Hussain hit 74 off 73 balls before departing, with the pair putting on 131 for the opening wicket.

And Perrin was full of praise for the efforts with the bat from Wood’s opening duo against Wells.

“Hafiz batted brilliantly and he was helped by Raihan opening up, which gave us a good platform,” he added.

“When your openers put on a good stand and both get good scores, you can’t ask for more than that.”

As well as the trip to Belhus in the league this weekend, Wood also begin their Dukes Essex T20 campaign against Chelmsford on Bank Holiday Monday.

The winner of that first-round tie will then face either hosts Brentwood or Belhus later that day.

Being drawn against Premier Division tie Chelmsford is a tough first-round tie for Wood, but Perrin is relishing the challenge that lies ahead.

“It’s a strong competition, but we’re looking forward to seeing how we go in it this year,” he said.

“If we go out to Chelmsford, it’s not the end of the world, but if we can progress, it would be great.”

It looks set to be a busy weekend for Wood, but Perrin will hope it is a successful one for his side.

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