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South Woodford determined to keep run going ahead of trip to Horndon on the Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 June 2018

South Woodford batsmen Bradley Copper (left) and Nick Browne walk off after defeating Wickford (pic: Graham Hodges).

South Woodford batsmen Bradley Copper (left) and Nick Browne walk off after defeating Wickford (pic: Graham Hodges).

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The two clubs last faced each other in a league meeting all the way back in the 2007 season

Nick Browne looks to get more runs for South Woodford during his appearance for the club on Saturday (pic: Graham Hodges).Nick Browne looks to get more runs for South Woodford during his appearance for the club on Saturday (pic: Graham Hodges).

Joe Craddock is delighted to see South Woodford thriving in the 50-over format and hopeful they will maintain their good recent run in the Essex League Division Two this weekend.

The Highfield Road club will visit Horndon on the Hill on Saturday aiming to make it three victories in a row, which has seen them rise rapidly from eighth to fourth.

After a fairly slow start, South Woodford have rediscovered their winning touch and were helped last weekend by Essex star Nick Browne, who scored 80 not out for his club side against Wickford.

“Even though we were third from bottom a couple of weeks ago, I knew the 50-over games would be crucial,” said Craddock.

“Teams can’t just rely on two bowlers and I feel we have five really good options with the ball.

“Having Nick around is a massive boost and not just for the players because it gives the whole club a lift, but even if he doesn’t play we still have four or five excellent bowlers and a number of batsmen who can go big, so we want to keep this going.

“In this format you either win 20 points or you don’t get many at all, so you see a lot of movement in the league and hopefully we can keep this run going.”

South Woodford haven’t faced Horndon in a league meeting for quite a while with the two sides last together back in 2007 when they were in Division One.

Therefore everyone is excited about the fixture and keen to secure another win to close in on leaders Loughton.

Craddock added: “We haven’t played Horndon for a few years where we have been in different leagues, so we are all looking forward to going over there.

“Hopefully we can get the result we feel we should do and keep on a roll ahead of playing Harlow Town the following weekend.

“We are nearly at the halfway point of the season, so if we can keep winning games and get to that stage in a good position it will set us up nicely for the second half of the year.”

Last weekend South Woodford produced an accomplished display at home to Wickford as they won by nine wickets to make it back-to-back victories.

Saihaj Jaspal picked up 4-24 and was backed up by Essex batsmen Browne, who finished with 3-32 as the visitors were all out for 163.

After taking three scalps, South Woodford’s homegrown player hit 80, with Bradley Copper scoring an unbeaten 77 to see their team comfortably home.

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