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Essex Premier Division: South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock pleased with third-wicket partnership between James Swash and Peter Lazarus

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 July 2016

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Captain praises duo after success away to Ilford

South Woodford skipper Joe Craddock has hailed the third-wicket stand between Peter Lazarus and James Swash after a 17-run win at Ilford in the Essex Premier Division.

The duo put on an important 90 for the third wicket as the visitors were able to post a total of 245-5 which they were able to successfully defend.

Swash took most of the plaudits, smashing 84 runs off 83 balls, while Lazarus was patient wih his 60, but Craddock believes both knocks were equally important for South Woodford.

“It was a crucial partnership. We started quickly with Harry Neicho and I up top, but it was a partnership that really helped us,” said Craddock.

“Peter batted beautifully, while it was the first time this season that James really put his hand up. Both have missed games recently, so it was good for them to come back in and do well.

“It made us more confident as a team and it allowed the boys lower down the order a bit more freedom, such as Bradley Copper (who hit 28 off 18).”

Having done well with the bat, it was important South Woodford followed that up with the ball, with another partnership performing well for the visitors.

While Garry Neicho was not giving much away at one end, Harry Shirt was taking 4-45 at the other as South Woodford restricted Ilford to 228-9.

“Garry was as miserly as ever and Harry was superb through three or four spells,” added Craddock.

“You always want your senior bowlers asking for the ball, and Harry did that throughout the innings when he felt it was the right time for him.

“The wickets and the dot balls are all important, we fielded well and held good catches too. Hopefully now we can kick on for the rest of the season.”


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