Essex Premier Division: South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock content with display in loss to Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2016
Captain admits better team won in high-scoring clash
South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock admits he could find little fault with his team despite succumbing to an eight-wicket loss at home to Brentwood in the Essex Premier Division.
Batting first, the Highfield Road club reached 235-7 from their 50 overs, with Essex opener Nick Browne returning to the club to top score with an unbeaten 109.
But despite two wickets for Bradley Copper, Brentwood reached their target inside 40 overs, but Craddock says he has few complaints with how the hosts played on Saturday.
“If you said to me that we would score around 240 in our innings batting first, I would have been happy with it. It was a decent score on a pitch that was a little sticky, but our groundsman did a great job to have it looking so good,” said Craddock.
“We were happy coming off at the end of our innings and felt we had a chance of winning, but knew we had to take early wickets if we wanted to do so.
“Aaron West and Tom Oakley batted well up top for Brentwood, who are a very strong side and I don’t think we did too much wrong. Brentwood were the better team on the day and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up to that.”
Browne was a notable addition in the South Woodford line up, having impressed for Essex who are currently top of County Championship Division Two.
But Craddock says the Eagles opener is always happy to return to the club that gave him the chance to develop his talents as a cricketer from a young age.
“It’s his boyhood club and his family still play here, so even though he might not be playing for us as often as he once did, he’s never really gone away,” added Craddock.
“It was great to have him back for the match because it makes everyone raise their game because they all want to do well.
“Whenever he comes back, there’s always a heightened expectation on him to perform which can be tough, but he always comes up with the goods, We appreciate it when he comes back.”
Saturday’s match was not the only big event at South Woodford over the weekend as club president Norman Reynolds celebrated the first Presidents’ Day of his tenure.
Browne was back at the club for the festivities, alongside Essex team mates Jamie Porter, Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate and Matt Quinn.
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