South Woodford captain Craddock pleased with victory against Harold Wood

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2017

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)


South Woodford captain Joe Craddock was in high spirits after his side got a comfortable victory over Essex Division One promotion hopefuls Harold Wood.

The skipper believes his side got off to a great start and the early wickets made it an easier match in their six-wicket win at home.

“We’re now building a bit of momentum,” Craddock said.

“We wanted to build on last week’s performance and that’s exactly what we did.”

Craddock elected to field first and his side got off to a great start with the ball, skittling Harold Wood out for just 93, with the visitors Craig Sampson (23) top scoring.

“We started really well with the ball and managed to get them out really cheaply.

“Early wickets are crucial in any format of the game and the boys came out and bowled immensely and took out their top order very well.”

Saihaj Jaspal and Mohammad Zaidi both took three wickets each.

“We were very happy with how the boys came out with the ball to start us off.”

Despite losing Essex opener Nick Browne for just three in reply, a top score of 39 from James Swash helped guide South Woodford home inside 24 overs and Craddock admitted it’s still important having Browne in the side.

“It’s great having him (Browne) about, he just gives everyone a lift in the side through his experience.

“It was nice having a small target to chase.

“We had that against Hadleigh earlier this year and they bowled us out very quick so we were wary of that and not letting it happen again.”

South Woodford make the trip to relegation rivals Gidea Park, who beat Belhus by three wickets away from home this weekend.

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