Cricket: Craig Perrin confident Harold Wood will maintain unbeaten start to new Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season at Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 June 2018

Craig Perrin (left) keeps wicket for Harold Wood earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Craig Perrin (left) keeps wicket for Harold Wood earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood beat Belhus by one wicket away from home last time out

Craig Perrin has backed Harold Wood to maintain their solid start to the new Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season when they visit Buckhurst Hill on Saturday.

After winning two of their first three games this term, Wood are currently second in the standings.

Perrin’s men earned a second successive victory last Saturday when beating Belhus by one wicket away from home.

Wood will hope to follow that up with another away success this weekend, and Perrin has faith his team can maintain their solid early-season form at Buckhurst Hill.

“We’ve had a good start to the season being unbeaten in three and winning two of those,” said Perrin.

“Buckhurst Hill themselves have started the season in good form and drew at Colchester last week, so we know they have a good squad.

“Hopefully we can get another win and keep our good form going early in the season.”

Away to Belhus last weekend, Wood won the toss and Perrin elected to field, with his side bowling their hosts out for 200.

Taqi Abbas ended with figures of 4-41 and Perrin was pleased to see his bowling attack bowl Belhus out for so little.

“The wicket was good, so I was pleased to keep Belhus to 200, especially when it looked like at one stage they might have made around 250,” he said.

Wood’s reply, though, was far from plain sailing, with the visitors 68-4 at one stage when chasing 201 to win.

However, an unbeaten 49 from Islam Shihan at number seven helped see Perrin’s men over the line, and the skipper was full of praise for the top scorer’s efforts.

“It was probably the best innings I’ve seen from Islam since he joined the club,” he added.

“He had to play sensibly, but he took on the responsibility brilliantly and got us over the line.”

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