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Cricket: Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin pleased his side bounced back against Gidea Park & Romford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 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 pleased his side bounced back with a convincing win in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One derby with Gidea Park & Romford.

Shahbaz Khan (2-26) struck two early blows with the new ball, before Park captain Jamal Francis fell to the returning Richard Brabner (2-20) for a quick fire 24, having hit a six and four fours.

Sam Hewitt also looked to attack, hitting three boundaries before being bowled by Taqi Abbas (3-28), who picked up two more wickets soon after.

Opener James Pegram battled for 103 minutes to reach 21 off 69 balls before he was dismissed by Wasim Khalid (2-11) as Park were dismissed for 109 in the 42nd over.

“It was a really good result for us,” Perrin said.

“It was a great bounce back from our previous week’s defeat and we played really well.

“They opted to bat first and we got a few early wickets, Hamzah Ikram bowled very tight for 13 overs and then our spinners took quite a few wickets, so it was really pleasing.”

Wood lost Hafiz Yawar Afzal to Hewitt early in reply, but Raihan Hussain hit five fours in his 25 and Khan added a six and three boundaries in his 25 off 23 balls.

Both fell to Sadiqullah Kamal (2-30), but Wood captain Craig Perrin saw his side to a seven-wicket win inside 23 overs, finishing unbeaten on 47 after hitting nine fours in his 60-ball innings.

“We would obviously back ourselves to chase that down but we still had to get the runs and it was really good for our top order to get the job done for us.”

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