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South Woodford’s youngsters will keep place if they keep performing, says Craddock

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2018

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Basement club Harlow visit Highfield Road on Saturday with South Woodford eager to secure back-to-back victories

South Woodford will have better availability for this weekend, but captain Joe Craddock has told his talented young players they will retain their starting berth if they keep up their impressive form.

Last weekend, the Highfield Road club travelled to Leigh-on-Sea with an inexperienced side which included several under-16s.

Despite this, South Woodford secured a superb Essex League Division Two win after Jamal Richards claimed 4-50 on his first-team debut.

Captain Craddock said: “It was a phenomenal effort from Jamal and he is 14 I think and is in the Essex academy set-up, but is a quiet, unassuming lad who does well in his age grade cricket.

“His first ball was short and got hit for four and I was thinking ‘here we go, I’ve got to get 10 overs out of him’ and second ball Dean Waller, who is a good player, looked to dominate and tried to come down the pitch, but Jamal stuck to his task.

“Eventually he got Dean out and he then come back at the death and bowled a brilliant spell, so to take four wickets and field beautifully was fantastic. I am running out of superlatives to describe him!

“Jamal will hold onto his place for this weekend as well and I said to the young lads if you play well the older lads will have to fight for their place and bid their time.”

Richard’s four-wicket haul saw Leigh dismissed for 207 in the 46th over and South Woodford got home by six wickets thanks to their senior batsmen.

Openers Henry Blackwell (35) and Craddock (35) made starts and number three Harry Neicho showed his class to score 58 before he was caught.

Saihaj Jaspal was there at the end, however, and hit 30 not out to see South Woodford home and they are back at Highfield Road on Saturday for Harlow’s visit.

Harlow are bottom of the table and Craddock is eager to see his team win again, he added: “We want to try and build on this result and winning does breed confidence.

“We will hopefully have a few of the older guys back for Saturday too, so we should be better in terms of availability.

“At the start of the season we went to Harlow and played well to win, so it would be great if we can win again.

“The league is still very tight. If we can get a couple more good results like Saturday who knows what will happen.”


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