Cricket: Hainault & Clayhall chairman Irfan Shah expects weather to be a factor in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One derby with Woodford Wells
PUBLISHED: 16:56 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 30 May 2018
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Jack Carter Pavilion outfit beat Upminster by nine wickets last weekend
Hainault & Clayhall chairman Irfan Shah admits the weather could be a big factor in his side’s Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One game at home to borough rivals Woodford Wells on Saturday.
There has been plenty of rain in the build-up to this weekend’s round of fixtures, which Shah believes may lead to a tougher wicket for both sides in the London Borough of Redbridge derby.
But, after collecting their first league win of the season since last year’s promotion when beating Upminster by nine wickets last Saturday, the Hainault chairman is confident of generating more momentum with some derby-day success.
“The weather forecast ahead of the game isn’t great, so we’re expecting it to be a difficult wicket,” he said.
“We need to build on our win last week and generate some momentum by stringing victories together.
“The problem has been our batting this season; our bowling attack is strong, but we need our batsmen to start getting big scores if we’re to string some wins together.”
Against Upminster last weekend, Hainault were put into the field after losing the toss, but were able to bowl their hosts out for just 89.
Skipper Zoheb Sharif led the way with the ball for the Jack Carter Pavilion outfit, claiming 4-23, while Ryan Hurst took 3-35.
And Shah was full of praise for both bowlers and their performances in the emphatic win against Upminster.
“Credit to Ryan and Zoheb, they both bowled well and contributed massively for us in the win,” he added. “As well as taking wickets, they kept it tight and that forced Upminster to take a few more risks.”
Chasing only 90 for victory, Hainault completed their chase inside 22 overs for the loss of just one wicket, with Shah himself departing for 20.
However, 15-year-old Omar Akram and Mousshin Ismail finished unbeaten on 42 and 23 respectively, and Shah was happy to see the visiting side complete their chase with relative ease.
“When you’re chasing a low total, you want to go as hard as you can so that you don’t crawl along and find yourself trying to get going,” he added.
“It was a shame I went, but Omar batted well and saw us through with the experience of Mousshin alongside him.”
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