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South Woodford captain Craddock 'disappointed' with defeat to Gidea Park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 May 2017

Joe Craddock preparing to bat (Pic: Graham Hodge)

Joe Craddock preparing to bat (Pic: Graham Hodge)

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Captain reflects on defeat

Harry Neicho batting out (Pic: Graham Hodge)Harry Neicho batting out (Pic: Graham Hodge)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock is ‘bitterly disappointed’ with the defeat to Gidea Park & Romford in Essex League Division One this weekend.

The skipper believes they were extremely unlucky throughout the match, which all started with losing the toss, forcing them to bat first on a wet pitch.

Craddock said: “I’m bitterly disappointed really - it was one of those days where nothing went our way.

“To say we were unlukcy is an understatement, we lost the toss and they stuck us into batt on a wet pitch.

Harry Shirt bowling (Pic: Graham Hodge)Harry Shirt bowling (Pic: Graham Hodge)

“Sometimes it was just really tough to play our shots and we struggled.”

Although being unhappy with the result, Craddock did believe there was a fair few positives from the team’s performance, with a couple of stand-out performances from the likes of Bradley Copper, Harry Neicho and Harry Shirt.

“Harry (Neicho) and Bradley done very well to get us into a position where we wanted to be after a bad start,” Craddock admitted.

“Harry Shirt is pretty much a dream to captain, you throw him a ball and he is always happy to bowl.

“The same goes for Bradley, so I couldn’t really ask for more of them.”

Craddock continued to lap praise on his team-mates Copper and Neicho for their starts to the season.

“It was good to see Harry score 50 and get him going and hopefully give him some confidence for a few weeks,” he added.

“Bradley, he is just Mr consistent right now.”

He does feel the weather played a huge part in his side’s loss at home to Gidea Park on Saturday.

“If we didn’t have the second lot of rain, I think we would have got 175, which would have been a winning score I feel.

“Take nothing away from Gidea Park, as they bowled really well.

“We never gave up, which just shows what fight we’ve got in the team this season.”

South Woodford are in T20 action at home to Ilford tomorrow evening.

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