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South Woodford captain Craddock expects ‘tough game’ against Billericay

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 July 2017

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock hits out (Pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock hits out (Pic: Graham Hodges)

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South Woodford captain Joe Craddock admits it will be a ‘tough game’ against Essex Premier Division One high-flyers Billericay this weekend.

Craddock and his team-mates will play host to the second-placed side on Saturday and are hoping their recent form continues.

“It will be a tough game, we’re under no illusion it will be a tricky one,” he said.

“We beat them earlier this season and they beat us in the cup before that, so we’re one each on the season.

“I know it was called off on Saturday, but we’ve still got that good momentum going into this one.”

The skipper admits there could be a few tricky decisions in naming the line-up for the match.

“Looking at the side I have some tough decisions to make as a few people will to have miss out,” he admitted.

“We’re hopeful Nick (Browne) is back in this week for us and Harry (Shirt) is definitely back.

“To have those two come in and strengthen us on both ends, the batting with Nick and bowling with Harry will be a big boost.”

Craddock praised the Billericay’s Paul Walter, but also admitted they can’t worry about their opponents, and must focus on the job.

“We can’t look too much at what they’re going to do, we just have to worry about ourselves.

“Obviously they have Paul Walter, but I believe he will be involved in the Essex T20.

“If he is playing we love to play good opponents, if he isn’t we need to try take advantage of that.”

South Woodford had a bottom of the table clash against Gidea Park & Romford abandoned last weekend and Craddock admits it was ‘frustrating’ to not play on.

“It’s quite frustrating how we’ve started building up momentum then we get washed out.

“The game was in a good position 100-3 before the heavens opened up.”

The side still remain bottom of the table, but the skipper is not worried as the table is still so tight.

“It’s literally anyone can beat anyone in this league and hopefully we do get a win and that could put us up near mid-table.”


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