Perrin confident Harold Wood can end losing run against Hutton
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2018
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Wood beaten by seven wickets at Colchester last weekend
Harold Wood skipper Craig Perrin is looking for his side to avoid a third straight defeat in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division one when they host leaders Hutton on Saturday.
Perrin’s men slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at Colchester & East Essex last weekend, having also been beaten at home to Orsett & Thurrock the previous Saturday.
Having made a bright start to the term, Wood will hope to avoid seeing their campaign fizzle out.
And Perrin knows the best way to do that is to return to winning ways this Saturday and beat Hutton.
“If we want to win promotion this season, we have to beat those teams that will also be challenging for it,” he said.
“Hutton are leading the way at the minute, so it will be a good test for us on Saturday and to see where we are.”
Against Colchester last weekend, Wood won the toss and elected to bat, but were all out for 223.
Shahbaz Khan top scored with 66 for the visitors, which drew praise from Perrin, but the skipper was disappointed with the team’s batting display on the whole.
“Shahbaz batted well and we were pleased with how he got on against Colchester,” he added.
“It’s just a shame that I felt we got about 50 runs less overall than what would have been a par score on that wicket.
“We had a good opening partnership between Raihan Hussain and Isalm Shihan, but neither were able to go on and get a big score.”
Colchester eased to victory in the 45th over, thanks in part to an unbeaten 94 off 89 balls from Jack Hebron.
But Perrin feels his team were on the wrong end of some close calls during the Colchester innings.
“I felt that with some of the decisions in the Colchester innings, we didn’t get the rub of the green,” he said.
“We could have had Jack out early on, but it wasn’t to be. Colchester batted well as a unit and didn’t give us too many chances.”
Perrin also remains hopeful that the England football team’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday will not hit player availability too much.