Harold Wood captain Perrin pleased to bounce back and claw back leaders Hutton
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2018
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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin pleased his side bounced back in a must-win match after suffering two defeats in a row.
Perrin and his side inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One leaders Hutton to cut the gap at the top of the table to 48 points at the midway point of the season.
Captain Perrin chose to bat first and saw Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (20) and Raihan Hussain (39) make starts, before Mitchell Fenn (3-33) reduced Wood to 89-3.
Shahbaz Khan (24) put on 56 with Perrin, while Hamzah Ikram (31) added 58, before both fell to Vivian Paver (2-33).
And Perrin shared a further 55 for the eight wicket with Taqi Abbas, before finally succumbing for 92 to Jonathan Mowll, having hit a six and 12 fours in his 114-ball innings.
Abbas struck two sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 34 from 25 balls as Wood closed on 281-8, with Ed Abel Smith (2-43) nabbing a late brace for Hutton.
“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,” Perrin said.
“It was one of our better performances of the season, Hutton are a good side, they’ve got some good players and we’re delighted with the way we played.
“Our batting although we got to 280 there is still room for improvement there but it was a better performance and then we bowled really well.”
Skipper Perrin also admitted he feels his score was overdue but he was pleased to lead from the front on the weekend.
“It was a little bit overdue but I was obviously pleased to get back amongst the runs as it’s been a bit of a dry season so far for me,” he said.
“It was nice to return to form and obviously help the team get a victory.”
But the visitors reached 85 without loss as Adam Holdgate (41) and Paver made a solid start, before Khan and Abbas began to make inroads.
Australian Paver fell two runs short of a fifty after hitting eight fours, but Joseph Parry (37) and Connor Whetstone (38) put on 72 for the sixth wicket.
They fell in quick succession, though, and Wood wrapped up a 55-run win in the 46th over as Abbas (3-36), Khan and Ikram (both 2-49), Hafiz Yawar Afzal, Harry Thompson and Joe Stallibrass all had success with the ball.
Perrin praised Taqi Abbas for his performance with the bat and the ball in the match.
“He was a bit of a game winner, with the bat he hit 31 at the end of the innings and then with the ball he took three wickets, including removing their Australian overseas, who has been hitting lots of runs, so he had a big impact for us.”