Perin backs Harold Wood to bounce back at Colchester

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 June 2018

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Craig Perrin in batting action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood lost by 31 runs against Orsett & Thurrock last weekend

Craig Perrin is confident Harold Wood can bounce back from a defeat last weekend with a win a Colchester & East Essex in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

Wood suffered a defeat at home to Orsett & Thurrock last weekend as they went down by 31 runs at home.

However, with Colchester also losing their game at Belhus at Belhus by 10 wickets, Wood clambered into the top two despite their defeat.

Both promotion rivals will be looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday, but skipper Perrin is confident it will be Wood who achieve that.

“We lost, but it’s a chance for us to bounce back against Colchester this weekend,” said Perrin.

“They’ll be looking to do the same as they suffered a heavy defeat against Belhus last weekend.

“It’s a big game given how close we are in the table and it will be a boost to whoever wins on Saturday.

“As squad, we’ve all played in big games and hopefully we can thrive under the pressure this weekend.”

At home to Orsett last weekend, Wood lost the toss and were put into the field as the visitors went on to make 254-7, with two wickets apiece for Richard Brabner (2-43) and Hamzah Ikram (2-50).

The hosts were all out for 223 in reply, though Ikram did top score with a solid knock of 67.

And Perrin admits Wood allowed Orsett to get too many in their innings, adding: “I thought we allowed them to get 30-40 runs too many given how the wicket was.

“I still would have backed ourselves to chase it and there were moments when it looked like we were in a good position, but it wasn’t to be.”

Ikram’s innings gave Wood hope of pulling off a win, hitting a half-century despite coming in to bat at number eight.

And Perrin believes Ikram’s innings demonstrates the batting depth Wood possess this term.

“We bat strong all the way through our order, but if we can start getting big scores from our top order then we’ll be well set,” he said.

“When the top order really starts getting among the runs, we’ll be in a really good place going forward.”

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