Cricket: Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin disappointed to fall short against Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 June 2018

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin was disappointed to fall seven run short as they suffered defeat to Buckhurst Hill in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One match.

Put into bat, the hosts saw Ryan Karunakaran (37) put on 58 with Hendro Puchert (30).

Shoaib Shah hit eight fours in his 51 from 61 balls but his exit left the home side 129-5.

Wood’s Taqi Abbas (4-52) and Wasim Khalid (2-39) ran through the lower order as Buckhurst Hill declared on 202-9 off 48 overs, after Hermes Michael Solomonides (24) and three of the last four batsmen reached double figures.

But the visitors slipped to 46-3 in reply as Puchert (2-30) claimed an early brace and Shahbaz Khan was run out.

Hafiz Yawar Afzal (43) and Mohammed Fahad put on 76 for the fourth wicket, but Karunakaran (3-55) and Rohan Bhome (2-77) hit back with the ball for Hill.

Fahad fell for 56 after hitting two sixes and six fours in a 43-ball innings to leave Wood 147-7, but Hamzah Ikram, Khalid (23) and Abbas gave them late hope, before Usman Sahar (2-5) struck with successive balls to complete the win for Hill.

“We’re very disappointed as we went there in decent form and having won our last two games,” Perrin said.

“I feel we got ourselves in a very strong position by getting to 193 chasing 200 and to fall seven runs short was quite disappointing.”

Perrin praised Taqi Abbas for picking up four wickets and believes his form has been really goo so far this season.

“Taqi has been bowling really well all season and bowled brilliantly again on the weekend for us.”

He also praised batsmen Mohammed Fahad and is hoping he can continue his recent form in the coming weeks.

“Mo is kind of stepping up to the plate now, it’s his breakthrough season into the first-team and he hit 30 last week and another 50 this week.

“He is starting to find some form which is really positive for us.”

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