Essex Division One: Captain Richard Brabner pleased with better Harold Wood Cricket Club performance to earn a draw at Southend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:40 12 May 2016

Harold Wood captain Richard Brabner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Richard Brabner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bowler content to begin new campaign with a draw

Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner says an improved display was behind their opening day draw at Southend in Essex Division One.

After being put into bat, Wood were dimissed for 238 with Raihan Hussain’s knock of 78 the top score for the visitors.

In reply, both Brabner and Zohran Afzal took three wickets, but Wood were unable to bowl Southend out as they closed on 213-9.

The visitors, though, were still able to take 12 points for their efforts by the coast and Brabner knows it is a step in the right direction.

“The performance was better than last time out when we played Ardleigh Green in a friendly and there were a lot of positives to take,” said Brabner.

“Raihan played well with the bat, as did Craig Perrin so maybe the only disappointment was that we couldn’t build a bigger total.”

The 16-year-old Afzal was economical with the ball throughout the Southend innings, going for just 50 runs from his 12 overs, including one maiden.

And Brabner was pleased with the teenager’s impact in senior men’s cricket, knowing it bodes well for the future.

“Zohran was probably the highlight of the whole game, he bowled really beatifully,” added Brabner.

“Joe Robbins was batting wonderfully for Southend, but Zohran came in and restricted him. For a 16-year-old to do that, it’s extremely encouraging.

“It’s just a shame we weren’t able to get that final wicket, but Southend have chased 250 at home in the past before, so I’m still proud of our performance.”

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