Perrin believes Harold Wood face crucial period in promotion battle
PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 July 2018
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Wood tackle two rivals to go up over course of next two weekends
Harold Wood skipper Craig Perrin believes his team are entertain a crucial period in their bid to win promotion from Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One this season.
Perrin’s men entertain Belhus on Saturday, before welcoming Buckhurst Hill a week later.
Both Belhus and Buckhurst Hill lie above Wood in the standings, but all three teams are still well in the hunt to finish in the top two this term.
A pair of victories over the next couple of weekends would be a huge boost for Wood, as well as denting two of their rivals’ bids to win promotion this term.
And that is why the skipper believes his team have arrived at such a crucial juncture in their campaign.
“The games against the sides around you are always really big games and if we want to win promotion this season, it’s important we win the next couple of matches.
“We need to play well over the next couple of weeks, and I believe we have to quality to win both matches as long as we do that.
“It’s down to us and how we perform in both matches and if we play to our ability, I’m confident we can get some good results.”
Last weekend saw Wood return to winning ways with a 46-run success away to struggling Woodford Wells.
The victory for Perrin’s men was in part down to a strong display with the bat as the visitors closed on 272-9 following half-centuries from Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (67), Shahbaz Khan (63 not out) and the skipper (58).
And the Wood captain was thrilled with how his team performed with the bat at Wells.
“It was probably the best batting display overall from us this season,” he added.
“We’ve had some good individual knocks, but we all contributed on Saturday which helped us set a good score and ultimately lay the foundations for the win.”
Luke Hammett also pleased Perrin after taking 3-26 with the ball as Wells were all out for 226 in reply.
“Luke bowled well for his wickets. Our seamers were good early on and asked questions, which helped the spinners when they came into the attack,” said the captain.