Harold Wood captain Perrin wants his side to bounce back against Gidea Park & Romford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 June 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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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin is keen for his side to bounce back against rivals Gidea Park & Romford after falling short to Buckhurst Hill last weekend.

Perrin’s men welcome their neighbours on Saturday as they look to get their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One campaign on track.

The skipper feels his side must make sure they start seeing games out to be in with a chance come the end of the season.

“We’ve got Gidea Park this week and that should be a good opportunity for us to bounce back,” Perrin said.

“We need to make sure we’re finishing the game off instead of leaving it down to someone else and that’s where we need to improve.

“It’s very early in the season. We’ve won two out of three completed matches and we still have a great chance of being at the top end of the league come the end of the season.”

Perrin admitted he is keen to get one over their nearby rivals and hopes they can use their advantage to do so.

“Absolutely, we want to beat them and I’m sure it will be a good game,” he added.

“We played them a couple times last year, won one and lost one, obviously we’re at home, so the aim is to come out with a positive result.

“We’ve got a pretty good record at home and we’re hoping that will continue this weekend.”

He also believes they shouldn’t worry about their opponents and must concentrate on their own performances although he did pin-point Park captain Jamal Francis as a threat.

“Jamal is always a very good player but to be honest we’re not too worried about what the opposition have, we know if we play cricket to the best of our ability then I know we’ll be there or thereabouts,” he added.

Wood will be boosted by the return of former captain Richard Brabner, with Perrin adding: “We’re back to full strength. We were missing Richard last weekend, but he will be coming back into the side. That should boost the strength in our team.”

*Harold Wood thirds lost a wicket to the first ball of their match with Hainault but made 269-4 thanks to Matt Sewell (69 not out), Simon Rowe (51), Paul Kearney (47) and Lee Abbott (44 not out).

Brad Ayling (4-13) and Billy King (3-35) combined with the ball to seal a 167-run win.

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