Cricket: Skipper Zoheb Sharif warns Hainault to take it one Essex Division Two game at a time ahead of Horndon clash

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 July 2017

Irfan Shah runs between the wickets for Hainault against Oakfield Parkonians (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Irfan Shah runs between the wickets for Hainault against Oakfield Parkonians (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hainault face title rivals Hutton next weekend, but must first face Horndon

Hainault skipper Zoheb Sharif says his side can ill-afford to think too far down the line ahead of their hosting Horndon in Essex Division Two on Saturday.

Sharif’s men currently sit joint-top of the table on 180 points with Hutton, who they play the following weekend.

Hainault could be forgiven, then, for thinking about that huge game on the horizon, but Sharif knows any thoughts like that can hurt their chances against Horndon.

“We know that at this stage of the season, we can’t afford to look any further ahead than our next game,” he said.

“Horndon is the next match for us and you never know what could happen this weekend as one of us or Hutton could slip up.

“Even if we do win this weekend and beat Hutton next Saturday, there is still a long way to go in the season.

“Regardless of what happens over the next couple of games, it’s still all to play for, but we know the key for us is to keep winning.”

Hainault head into the Horndon game off the back of a 35-run win at home to local rivals Oakfield Parkonians.

With the bat, Hainault were all out for 221, though there were no individual scores above 50.

But Sharif is not overly concerned that none of his squad were able to get a big score against Oakfield, noting the batting line-up is still doing well collectively.

”It has been like that in the last few games where we’ve not had a big individual score, but we’re still scoring well as a team,” added Sharif, who top scored with 45. “We bat deep and anyone in our top 10 could do a job for us opening up, which shows how strong we are.”

The bowlers also impressed, with two wickets each for Mousshin Ismail, Arshad Mughal, Matthew Worsnop, Sharif and Ryan Hurst.

And Sharif believes that much like the batting line-up, the bowlers are all linking well together for Hainault so far this season.

“We have a lot of good bowlers who all offer different things, but combine well together,” he said.

“It would be nice for someone to get a five-wicket haul, but it’s good that they are all chipping in.

“It can be a blow for the opposition too as they think they might be able to see some bowlers off and it will get easier, but instead it gets harder.”

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