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Harold Wood skipper Perrin is looking forward to coming up against rivals Upminster

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin is looking forward to coming up against local rivals Upminster this weekend.

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Perrin and his side welcome Nicky Ison’s men to Harold Wood Park on Saturday as they look to build on their victory against Hutton last weekend.

Wood will hope to chase down Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One leaders Hutton in the title race.

But skipper Perrin admits they must not take strugglers Upminster lightly as they have a strong line-up.

“It’s a bit of a local derby so we’re looking forward to it,” Perrin said.

“I know they’re struggling down the bottom of the table right now, but they’ve got a lot of good players in their side and I’m sure they’re going to be very dangerous.

“We will have to be at our best to beat them. We know they’ve got a lot of good players and their position in the table doesn’t reflect their ability as a side.”

Perrin is confident the game will be played in good spirit despite there being a local rivalry and is sure it will be very different to the last time the two sides met when the rain washed the match out earlier this campaign.

“I’m sure it will be played in good spirit, but being a local rivalry there might be a bit more of an edge to it,” he added.

“It will be a very different game to that day. It was obviously wet, cold and overcast.

“Hopefully this weekend will be bright sunshine, a good wicket, and hopefully we’ll see two teams play a good match and fingers crossed we come out on top.”

Harold Wood should be boosted by the return of a few first-team players but Perrin admits whoever is available they will have a strong side for the clash.

“We’re missing a couple of players, but we were missing a couple last weekend so they will come back in, we’ll have a strong side out and will make sure we’re very competitive,” he said.

Wood got into the match on the back of inflicting only a second defeat of the season on leaders Hutton to cut the gap at the top of the table to 48 points at the midway point of the season.

“It was a good bounce back after a couple defeats in a row, so it was kind of a must-win for us, as we had to beat Hutton to bring them back closer to ourselves and give ourselves the best chance possible of staying in the promotion hunt,” said Perrin.

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