Essex Premier Division: Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner happy to keep pressure on Southend in promotion battle

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 August 2016

Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood captain happy to set up tense end to season

Harold Wood kept pace with promotion rivals Southend in the battle to go up from Essex Division One by beating Harlow by seven wickets, pleasing skipper Richard Brabner.

Having won the toss and electing to field, Wood restricted their hosts to 233-8 with Maruf Chowdhury taking 4-67.

In reply, opener Raihan Hussain hit exactly 100 while Shahbaz Khan hit an unbeaten 67 to help the visitors chase successfully.

It means Wood remain just three points behind Southend with two games to go, and the skipper was pleased the away side claimed a win in testing conditions.

“It was a really good batting display from us and Raihan was in top form once again,” said Brabner.

“It was getting a bit dark, but we were able to chase the total down with time to spare.”

Chowdhury’s display with the ball was further backed up by a good display with the bat as he hit 45 to form an unbeaten partnership with Khan that got Wood over the line.

But Brabner knows Wood could have had an even lower total to chase had they been tighter with their bowling at the end of the Harlow innings.

“It was a good wicket, but we let ourselves down in the final five overs or so,” he added.

“Harlow should have been kept to a score of around 200, so we were disappointed we let them get higher than that.

“Credit to Maruf, he took some good wickets at the end and helped out with the bat too.

“He did well in bad light and his quick 45 really helped us out.”

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