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South Woodford skipper urges side to maintain encouraging recent form

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 August 2018

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

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After wins over the top two, Joe Craddock will see his team entertain Old Southendian on Saturday

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock believes his team still have a chance of going up from the Essex League Division Two this season.

The Highfield Road club will entertain Old Southendian & Southchurch this weekend aiming to make it three wins from three.

Heading into the last month of the season, South Woodford are fourth on 183 points, but only 29 off second-placed Fives and Heronians and 34 off leaders Loughton.

After beating the top two over the last couple of weeks, spirits are high and Craddock is excited about the fixtures coming up.

He said: “Going into the last four games anything can happen. Loughton and Fives play each other on Saturday so that gives us a good chance of gaining ground on at least one of the sides above us.

“I think some of the calls at the toss will become more crucial now because if you bat first and bowl a team out second it can get you the extra five points for a 25-point win and it will still be quite tight.

“There will still be a couple of twists and turns I feel and if we can win three and maybe have a good draw it might give us a chance of being up there for the end of the season.

“We have just got to look after what we do first and we will obviously try to win every single game, so if we can win as many points as possible we might go close, but we have given ourselves a sniff at least and we still have something to play for.”

South Woodford produced a sensational performance last weekend to stun Loughton and win by four wickets at the Uplands.

Craddock won the toss, put the hosts into bat first and they were dismissed for 153 in the 35th over.

Loughton were going well on 103-2, but Jack McMullen claimed figures of 5-36 and Bradley Copper chipped in with 3-32 to skittle them out.

In reply, South Woodford lost Henry Blackwell early, but homegrown player and Essex opener Nick Browne stuck around and top scored with 52.

He received good support from Kasey Harris and even though the visitors suffered a wobble, going from 152-4 to 152-6, they got home in the 38th over for a fine win.

“It has been a good couple of weeks for us and just shows you what could, and can still, be if we have the same availability all year round and that’s the frustrating thing,” Craddock said.

“We have been very good in both of the last two weeks and outplayed them both in every facet of the game.”

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