Shahbaz Khan disappointed with Harold Wood’s Essex League Dukes T20 South West Group B defeat
PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 May 2016
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After an excellent performance in the field, only Raihan Hussain scored over 20 runs as they lost by 14-runs
Harold Wood vice-captain Shahbaz Khan admitted their batsman didn’t do well enough during yesterday’s Essex League Dukes T20 South West Group B defeat to Woodford Wells.
The two Division One rivals produced a low-scoring close encounter with a slow wicket making it difficult for both teams.
Wells skipper Joe Johnson won the toss and although his side struggled, they managed to get up to 115-8 from their 20 overs.
In Richard Brabner’s absence, Khan captained Wood, but they couldn’t chase down their target and were bowled out for 101 with four balls left.
He said: “It was difficult conditions, but I would say we didn’t score very well in the beginning of the innings. The light was very dark and our batsman didn’t build up partnerships and that was our main problem.
“We collapsed suddenly and should have batted longer, and that’s why we didn’t chase it down. The light wasn’t great and the ball was very hard. On top of that the wicket was very slow.
“Everybody was going for the big boundary, we just needed to rotate the strike because the target was a run-a-ball. We were looking to hit sixes and fours every over, and that’s the reason we lost wickets.”
After restricting Woodford Wells to just 115, Raihan Hussain and Burhan Mahmood were tasked with opening the batting for Harold Wood.
Hussain managed to score 29 from as many balls, but only Craig Sampson (17) and Stuart Connor (10) managed to reach double figures.
Khan went for a five-ball duck, adjudged to be out lbw to Alex Gilbert, which looked a harsh decision.
But despite that, the Wood stand-in captain had no excuses, adding: “Raihan and Craig built up a good partnership, but apart from them nobody else scored so that was the main problem.
“We didn’t get any help from the middle order and including myself, although I thought it was a bad decision, but it’s part of the game. We are looking forward to Saturday now at Upminster.”
A positive to take from the match was an impressive bowling performance first up with Mahmood taking 3-17 from his four overs.
Waqas Shafique was excellent and finished with 2-14 from his four overs as Woodford Wells struggled throughout.
“If you look at our bowling performance, all the guys bowled in the right area and got some good wickets,” said Khan, who claimed 2-10.
“We restricted them to 115 and that was an easy total, but we took it too lightly. The batsman didn’t take responsibility.
“Even with the openers, we had a good start as Raihan and Burhan got us up to 20 runs from three so more than six an over, but in the middle we didn’t play well.”
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