Hainault's Shah wants team to use home advantage when new boys pay Colchester visit
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 July 2018
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Hainault & Clayhall stand-in captain Ifran Shah feels home advantage could play a part against Colchester this weekend.
Shah and his side welcome recently relegated Colchester to the Jack Carter Centre on Saturday as they look to build on last weekend’s victory against Orsett and Thurrock.
Hainault climbed away from the bottom two of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One last weekend and will be keen to get one over the former Premier Division outfit.
“Colchester has a very strong side and we know what they can do but it’s all about who shows up on the day,” Shah said.
“They lost last weekend and we had a good win so hopefully we can build on that and put them under a little bit of pressure.
“When we played them earlier in the season they beat us at their place quite easily so we know how good they can be.
“It will be different this time round though as they’re coming to our ground. They’re used to playing on their own county ground, whereas our ground is more for club cricket.”
Hainault should be boosted by the return of captain Zoheb Sharif, Ryan Hurst and Mousshin Ismail for the clash after being without four of their first-team regulars-up last weekend.
“Three of those guys are back this week which should strengthen us mainly in the batting side of things so hopefully that bodes well for us,” said Shah.
Shah also believes their current position in the table stands for nothing right now as he sees the league as being wide open right the way through.
“We’re probably 30 points behind second place so that just shows it’s one of those seasons where there is about seven teams struggling along,” he added.
“Everyone is still extremely close on points and everyone can beat everyone this year it seems.
“I think every side is finding it hard and it will be a real challenge for promotion and relegation.
“We’re currently in the format where someone has to win and someone has to lose, so for the next five games it could be interesting.”
They will be full of confidence after a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Orsett and Shah described it as a good team performance, adding: “It was good team performance, I don’t think there were any real stand-out performances, everyone just chipped and did what they could to get us the result.”