Harold Wood’s Clarke ‘disappointed’ with Gidea Park & Romford defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 July 2017

Cricket equipment is left on a bench

Cricket equipment is left on a bench


Harold Wood former captain Tom Clarke is ‘disappointed’ with defeat to Gidea Park & Romford in their in their Essex League Division One derby.

The former club chairman Clarke does however believe there were plenty of positives to take from their loss at Gallows Corner this weekend.

“It was disappointing, but there were positives to take from it,” he said.

The defeat was Harold Wood’s first of the season, but Clarke believes missing players played a part, although they still had some good displays.

“We were missing a couple players, Richard Brabner our captain due to having a baby, we also had a couple others missing because of injury and a wedding.

“We were a little bit below par saying that we put some good innings on from the top order Mdaminul Isalm Shihan and Craig Perrin.”

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis put the visitors into bat and saw Matt Connaughton remove Raihan Hussain, Craig Perrin, Shahbaz Khan and Mohammed Shihan (45) to make it 109-4.

Maruf Chowdhury (28) and Chris Bennett (44) put on 56, with Harry Thompson (21) and Mohammed Khan (25 not out) contributing down the order to lift Wood to 259

“To get 260 we were happy with it, but we know we could have cracked on to get 300 if one of the top order put together a big score.”

The opposition started strongly with Abedin hitting 56 off 55 balls, with eight fours in a 107-run opening stand with Kasi Hoq, who put on 51 with Francis (23).

“Unfortunately they got off to a good start,” he said.

“There number six battsmen batted really smoothly and cost us.”

Shahbaz Khan (3-52) hit back with a hat-trick, although it wasn’t enough to stop defeat, Clarke had plenty of praise for him in his return to the bowling line-up.

“Shab got a hat-trick to get us back into the match,” Clarke admitted.

“It’s good to see he is back and firing on his first match back bowling, after having an injury.”

Khan ruled himself out of the bowling line-up in recent weeks due to a broken jaw and Clarke thinks it’s a massive boost even though the overall performance slacked.

“I don’t think we were 100 per cent with any of the batting, bowling or fielding.”

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