Cricket: Zoheb Sharif says there is more to come from Essex Division Two joint-leaders Hainault ahead of trip to Loughton

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 July 2017

Zoheb Sharif batting for Hainault (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

Zoheb Sharif batting for Hainault (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

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Hainault skipper happy with term so far, but believes his team can step up a gear if needed

Hainault skipper Zoheb Sharif says there is still more to come from his side, despite heading into the halfway stage of the season joint-top of Essex Division Two.

Saturday’s match at home to Loughton marks the midway point of the term, with Hainault level on points with Hutton at the top of the standings.

The top two currently enjoy a 24-point gap over Wickford in third, and Sharif is keen for his team to do everything in their power to extend that over the coming weeks.

“It’s still early days, but we know if we keep winning, then it’s probably between ourselves and Hutton for top spot,” he said.

“If we are able to keep our form going, we can start to open a bit of a gap up over third place.

“We’ve played well, but we’re yet to be able to field our strongest XI so once we get guys back playing, we can really kick on.”

In a 126-run victory at Fives & Hernonians last weekend, Matt Worsnop was impressive in all aspects of the game for Hainault.

Batting first, Hainault made 284-9 with Worsnop (61) only outscored by Dominic Hurst (65) for the visitors.

Worsnop then impressed with the ball, taking 4-42 as Fives were bowled out for just 128.

And Sharif was delighted with Worsnop’s contribution in the victory over Fives as Hainault remained joint-top.

“Matt is good cricketer who fits into the team well and is a three-dimensional player in that his attitude is as good as hit batting and his bowling.

“Along with Matt, his batting really helped set the platform and they both performed really well.

“They allowed guys even further down the order to play their natural game and it took the match away from Fives, while Matt’s bowling was equally good.”

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