South Woodford captain Craddock pleased with ‘much-needed’ win
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 11 July 2017
South Woodford captain Joe Craddock was positive, after his side picked up a ‘much-needed’ win over Harlow in Essex League Division One.
The skipper believes his side were good all round in the match and it was a ‘boost’ having Essex opener Nick Browne in the line-up.
“It was a much-needed win,” he said.
“It was a really good performance from us from start to finish.
“I thought we were the best side in every aspect.”
Craddock heaped praise on Browne and his performance as he inspired the side by hitting a six and 13 fours in his 89 from 79 balls, putting on 142 with Kasey Harris to lay the foundations for a successful run chase.
“It’s always a bonus, not only for him to come in and do well, he is obviously a top player, but he just gives everyone a boost,” he admitted.
“He went about it professionally and done really well for us.”
Harold Wood chose to bat first but Harry Shirt struck early with the new ball and Saihaj Jaspal also had success to make it 50-2.
Home skipper Hafiz Yawar Afzal held firm to share half-century stands with Ahmed Khawaja and Ubaid Ur Rehman Kiani on his way to 103 as Harlow reached 244, with Bradley Copper (3-39), Haider Ali Syed Zaidi (2-43) and Shirt (2-51) sharing wickets.
The captain had nothing but praise for the team’s performance, especially team-mates Shirt and Copper, who helped his side to a five wicket victory.
“Harry and Bradley have been very consistent, they did what the do most weeks and they’re very dependable for me,” Craddock said.
“Harry is very good always finds the ball and does what I ask him to.”
Craddock fell to a fourth-ball duck in reply, but Browne and Harris (77) got the visitors on track, with Copper hitting a six and six fours in his unbeaten 47 from 55 balls to seal a win that lifts them off the bottom of the table.
“Kasey has come into excellent form and is looking good coming into a crucial point of the season.”
The skipper was upbeat about his side as he believes they finally put in all round performance.
“It’s always one thing or the other, but we were good all round, we bowled well and fielded well and took that into our batting.”
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