Harold Wood captain Brabner believes Belhus win is important

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 May 2017

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

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

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Captain reflects on win over Belhus

Harold Wood captain Richard Brabner believes victory was ‘important’ against Belhus in their Essex League Division One meeting.

Having held on for a draw at South Woodford in their first match of the campaign, Brabner was delighted that his side produced a good display in the field to hold the home side to 179-6 from their 50 overs, after Belhus skipper Danny Joyce chose to bat first.

“It was important for us to get a win under our belts, after drawing our first match,” Brabner said.

“It was a good all round peformance from us.

“They batted first on a tricky wicket I feel.”

He also heaped praise on Craig Perrin, whose unbeaten half-century guided the club to victory, after the side struggled to get a real hold on the match early on.

“It was a really intelligent innings from Perrin,” he added.

“We had a bit of a sticky patch, but he saw us over the line to get us through.”

Brabner believes his side has great potential going forward, even though it’s still early days, as they’ve only played two league matches.

“It’s still very early days but to get that win is massive.

“No team in our league has two wins yet this season, so it’s going to be extremely tight.

“I’m particularly pleaed with our fielding so far this season, the younger guys have come in and gave us new energy.”

The seconds managed a draw against Hornchurch, all out for 181, Paul Murray jnr (62), Kevin Gibson (26) and Zohran Afzal (6-24).

Meanwhile, the fours beat South Woodford by hitting 197-1, with Justin Pafreyman top-scoring (96) not out with help from Geoff Smith (55).

The fives suffered defeat by nine wickets to Loughton, as they all went out after hitting 127 runs, with Stuart Prescott top-scoring with (51).

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