Perrin hopes Harold Wood keep pressure on leaders by beating Orsett

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 June 2018

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin (middle) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood head into weekend three points adrift of a promotion spot

Craig Perrin hopes Harold Wood can keep the pressure on the top two in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One by beating Orsett & Thurrock at home on Saturday.

Heading into the weekend, Wood are currently three points adrift of Colchester & East Essex in second, and 32 back from early leaders Hutton.

Should results go their way, Perrin’s men could find themselves in the top two by the end of the weekend.

And the Wood skipper is hoping the team can continue their pursuit of their top two by beating Orsett.

“We’ve made a good start to the season and it was important for us to get the win in the first 50 over game against Hainault & Clayhall last weekend,” he said.

“We can only do what we can do. If the top two keep winning, then fair play to them.

“All wee can do is keep winning our games, put the pressure on them and take advantage of any slip-ups.”

Against Hainault last weekend, Wood picked up a four-wicket success after a run chase that saw three batsmen collect half-centuries.

Isalm Shihan (68), Raihan Hussain (56) and Christopher Bennett (55) all passed 50 for Wood, and Perrin was pleased with the batting performance from all three men.

“It was a great knock from Isalm after losing a couple of wickets early on in the innings,” he added.

“Raihan and Chris also getting half-centuries contributed to a really good batting display.”

Wood had earlier restricted Hainault to 242-9 from their 50 overs after a good display of bowling.

Taqi Abbas finished with figures of 4-36, and Perrin was happy with the all-round display from his bowling attack.

“The seamers set the tone early on, while Taqi and our spinners took the chances that came their way,” he said.

“Taqi is in form at the minute. He’s a tough bowler to play against and the unit on the whole is creating good pressure right now.”

Perrin will hope Abbas can play his part in another victory again this Saturday as Wood bid to get the better of Orsett.

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