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Cricket: Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin gutted after Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener at Upminster ends in abandonment

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 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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Rain brought an early end to proceedings in clash between two London Borough of Havering rivals

Harold Wood skipper Craig Perrin revealed his disappointment after his team’s Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One opener at Upminster was abandoned because of rain.

Drizzle fell almost continuously throughout the game, before a downpour brought the fixture to an early close, so that 59 overs were even played should be considered something of a positive.

It took 44 of those overs for Wood to be bowled out for 135, despite a top score of 27 from Hafiz Afzal in difficult batting conditions.

Shahbaz Khan took the only Upminster wicket to fall before the game was abandoned, trapping Shafiq Rahman leg before wicket.

With the match abandoned, both sides claimed six points from the opener, but Perrin was gutted Wood’s first league fixture of the season proved to be such a damp squib.

“It was disappointing. The conditions weren’t very good to play cricket in,” said the wicket-keeper.

“The umpires did a good job in trying to get the game on, but the weather wasn’t very kind.”

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