Cricket: Zoheb Sharif says experience will aid Hainault in Essex Division Two title run-in
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 August 2017
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Forest Road side currently second behind leaders Hutton and make the trip to relegation-threatened Old Brentwoods this weekend
Skipper Zoheb Sharif is confident there is enough experience in the Hainault squad to cope with what could be an exciting final few weeks in Essex League Division Two.
The Forest Road club are currently second in the standings, 14 points behind leaders Hutton with just five games left in the season.
This weekend, Hainault make the trip to Old Brentwoods, who drew with Sharif’s men in June, but currently occupy a place in the relegation zone.
With time running out, Hainault know victory this weekend is all-important if they have any ideas of chasing down Hutton.
And Sharif is confident Hainault have enough experience in their ranks to deal with the rigours of a title run-in.
“As a group, we’ve been together for a long time, but we all seem to be coming into form now,” he said.
“Mousshin Ismail last week was brilliant taking five wickets and that set us up for the win at Basildon.
“We definitely have enough experience in this group, but going into the final few weeks of the season it’s about being able to put another good run of form together.”
Having been frustrated by the weather in recent weeks, with their previous two league games ending in abandonments, Hainault returned to winning ways last weekend with a three-wicket win at Basildon.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Hainault saw Ismail take 5-19 as the hosts were bowled out for just 68.
The visitors were keen to wrap the victory up quickly to avoid the weather intervening once more, which might have been the reason behind them losing seven wickets in the chase.
Regardless, the result kept Hainault in second place, though Sharif was still left to bemoan his team’s recent luck with the weather.
“We’ve not done much wrong this season, but because we’ve been unlucky with the weather recently, we find ourselves in second,” he added.
“The aim now is to string some wins together and to also just keep doing what we’ve been doing all season long. All we can do is focus on our games.”