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Harold Wood captain Perrin admits Hainault will be an unknown to his in-form side

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 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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Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin admits Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One new boys Hainault & Clayhall will be an unknown opposition this weekend.

Perrin and his men travel to Forest Road on Saturday as they look to build on last weekend’s derby victory against local rivals Gidea Park & Romford.

They will come up against former team-mate Maruf Chowdhury and Perrin said: “I’m not sure what to expect to be honest, they’ve just been promoted into the league, so they’re a bit of an unknown.

“They’re down the bottom but I know they’ve got some good players in their side and one of their players played for us last season, so we know about him.

“We do know we will have to be at our best to come away with a victory.”

Skipper Perrin believes the 50-over format starting this weekend will suit his side and he is confident going into this section of matches.

“The 50-over games should play into our favour as we have strength throughout our line-up so we’re quite confident going into these games,” he added.

Wood will once again be without former captain Richard Brabner this weekend as he is unavailable for selection.

“We’re missing Richard but other than one missing we’re pretty strong,” said Perrin.

Wood currently sit third in the table, just behind top two Hutton and Colchester and Perrin admits he is pleased with their start to the 2018 campaign.

“We have had a positive start to the season and we’re up where we expected to be at this stage, but it’s early days yet,” he said.

“We need to make sure we keep winning games and we’re up the top come the end of the season as well.

“Hutton have had a brilliant start to the season which no-one expected, but we have no clue whether they will continue that or where they’ll be at the end of the season.

“Colchester we always expected to be strong as they came down from the Premier Division and are one of the favourites.”

Wood go into the clash on the back of a seven-wicket win over Gidea Park & Romford, where Perrin hit an unbeaten 47 after the visitors were dismissed for 109.

“It was a great bounce back from our previous week’s defeat,” he said.

The seconds slumped from 149-4 to 161 all out against Ilford, with Craig Sampson (59) and Nadeem Sohail (41) their top scorers.

Ilford then recovered from 25-3 to run out winners by a five-wicket margin as Wood fell to another Premier Division defeat.

The thirds made 222-6 against Hornchurch in their derby, as Simon Rowe (68) led the way with the bat, while Muhammad Soomro (3-54) took the bowling honours in another loss.

There was better news for the fourths, who saw captian Jay Griggs score an unbeaten 55 at number nine to help his side reach 197-8 against Hainault.

Erantha Muthuk fell four runs short of a half-century, then picked up 3-38 to help Murugesh Mohanasundharam (5-13) bowl Wood to a 63-run success.

The fifths were skittled for 78 by Walthamstow, with Keith Donovan (2-26) taking the only wickets to fall in reply in another Wood loss.

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