Harold Wood’s Khan ‘extremely confident’ ahead of Belhus match

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 July 2017

Shahbaz Khan of Harold Wood celebrates taking a wicket (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Shahbaz Khan of Harold Wood celebrates taking a wicket (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Harold Wood stand-in captain Shahbaz Khan is ‘extremely confident’ ahead of their Essex League Division One tie against Belhus this weekend.

Khan and his team-mates play host to league strugglers Belhus tomorrow (Saturday) and are hoping to break their losing streak.

“In the first game between us this season we beat them and I’m more confident this week because we have a complete team,” he said.

Harold Wood should be almost be back to full strength for the match with batsmen Craig Perrin and all-rounder Hamza Ikram returning.

“Hamza, he is a good all-rounder and our opening bowler, so be good to get him back,” Khan admitted.

“Craig Perrin is back, he’s our number three batsmen and in the first sixe games he was our highest scorer in the team.”

Khan admitted they need to get back on track, after losing their last two against South Woodford and Orsett, but he refuses to let it get to them.

“We lost our last two, but there are still eight games.

“As a captain and as a leader I will try my best to give motivation to my guys and tell them to believe in themselves.

“The problem for us in the last few weeks is missing key players, but there back.”

Harold Wood are still sitting in fourth place and are aiming to bag promotion into the Essex Premier Division.

“Every game is very important to us, we’re still fourth in the table and we can still get promotion.

“I hope this weekend we will do better than last weekend.”

Harold Wood will have to step up their recent form, as the stand-in skipper was left ‘really disappointed’ with their defeat to league strugglers South Woodford.

“It’s really disappointing the way we batted, we need to get 150, even on that wicket,” he admitted.

The skipper did take two wickets of his own and was in high spirits with his current bowling form and how he predicted Nick Browne wouldn’t score against them.

“I’m feeling confident, since I’ve come back from my injury, every game I’m feeling better,” he said.

“He (Browne) had 23 balls and only got three runs.”

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