Cricket: Zoheb Sharif believes potential Essex Division title win would serve as catalyst for Hainault success

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 September 2017

Hainault skipper Zoheb Sharif (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hainault skipper Zoheb Sharif (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hainault head into final game of season at Loughton 17 points clear of Hutton in second

Hainault skipper Zoheb Sharif believes winning the Essex Division Two title this weekend would give the whole club a boost.

Heading into their final day clash at Loughton, the Oakfield club lead the way in the standings and are 17 points clear of Hutton in second.

Promotion back to Division One has long been secured for Hainault, but with the title in their sights, Sharif knows how much it would be to the club to win a trophy.

“In the last few years, the club has been in the doldrums and we’ve suffered, but if we won the title that would all change,” he said.

“It would give us a lot of momentum going into next year and it would also mean a lot to the club to win a trophy.”

If Hainault are to claim the title, they will have to do so without the suspended pair of Mousshin Ismail and Matt Worsnop.

Both Ismail and Worsnop have been key to Hainault’s success this season and Sharif is aware that missing both will be a blow.

But with one mind of next season, he knows it allows the Oakfield club to take a closer look at other players.

“Mousshin and Matt are big players for us, so I’m not sure if you can replace them, but it is an opportunity for others,” he said.

“Hopefully those who come in do well and lay down a marker ahead of next season.”

With a healthy gap between themselves and title rivals Hutton, Hainault are huge favourites to claim the title this weekend.

The Oakfield club would be forgiven if they had someone checking up on how their title rivals get on in their clash at Old Brentwoods.

But rather than concern themselves with how Hutton fare, Sharif would rather focus on Hainault getting the job done without relying on results elsewhere.

“We can only do what we can do and we know if we win, then that will be enough for the title,” he said.

“It’s a funny situation because depending on how the toss goes for Hutton, we might only need four points to win the title if they are batting second.”

The best way to secure the title, though, would be for Hainault to defeat Loughton on Saturday, as Sharif knows all too well before the big game.

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