Cricket: South Woodford captain Joe Craddock backs Saj Jaspal to impress in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 May 2018

Saj Jaspal in bowling action for South Woodford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Saj Jaspal in bowling action for South Woodford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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In an article from our ‘Howzat’ pullout, captain Joe Craddock previews the season ahead for South Woodford

South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock has backed Saj Jaspal to have an impressive season in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two.

The talented youngster had a breakthrough campaign for the Shed last term, picking up 27 wickets at an average of 18.89.

Craddock hinted Jaspal will also be given a chance to prove his worth with the bat this term, and is hoping for more young players to progress through the South Woodford ranks.

“Saj is someone who came into the side last year and by the end of it he was opening the bowling,” he said.

“This year, he’s looking to move further up the batting order as he was left stranded a few times.

“He’s played for all the various age groups at the club and come through the ranks, and its talented youngsters like Saj who will help take the club forward.”

Craddock will hope Jaspal’s efforts this year can help South Woodford earn an immediate return to Division One.

The Highfield Road outfit finished seven points adrift of safety last year, though were only 78 back from league winners Billericay, as they suffered a second consecutive relegation.

With the Shed now in Division Two, they will hope there will be no further woes this term.

And with the likes of Jaspal and other talented youngsters coming through the South Woodford ranks, Craddock feels things may be looking up for the club.

“We’re in a bit of a transition period, but you see it all the time across the Essex Leagues,” he added.

“As a club, we believe in promoting youth rather than bringing in players on good money and we’ve got some good young players starting to come through.

“Yes, we suffered relegation last season, but I don’t feel we were the second worst team in the division and it was very tight all season long.

“What cost us was our inconsistency, but the players have more experience under their belts, so hopefully last season will help us build going forward.”

With bright prospects coming through, Craddock will hope this term marks the start of an upward trajectory.

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