Captain Craddock confident future is bright for South Woodford after impressive win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 July 2018

South Woodford players celebrate after taking a wicket (pic: Graham Hodges).

South Woodford players celebrate after taking a wicket (pic: Graham Hodges).


The Essex League Division Two side took a young team to Leigh-on-Sea last Saturday and secured an excellent victory

Joe Craddock was beaming with pride after watching his young South Woodford team win by six wickets at Leigh-on-Sea in the Essex League Division Two last weekend.

The Highfield Road club made the trip to Chalkwell Park off the back of a three-game losing streak.

What didn’t help their cause heading to Leigh was a lack of available senior players, but the teenagers at South Woodford stepped up to take their chance and dismiss the hosts for 207 which the visitors chased down in the 44th over.

Proud captain Craddock said: “It was a really good win after a couple of barren weeks without a victory, so it was nice to be on the right side of the result this time.

“The reason we are in this division is because of availability issues and I am sure it is a similar story for so many clubs in the county.

“But what we do have is a great youth set-up and on Saturday we had to take a really young side to Leigh.

“We had five players from our under-16s and I am not talking about people aged 15 or 16 either.

“I am talking about 13 to 14-year-olds and since I have been doing this role over the last couple of years, Saturday is probably the proudest results we’ve achieved because the young lads went above and beyond what I expected.

“To restrict them to 207 was a great effort and our senior players at the top stepped up and knocked off the runs.

“Going forward it is great for the club and hopefully shows the future is very bright for the next few years.”

Leigh had three players hit significant scores with Paul Humphries (39), Harry Slack (41) and Jac Sexton (41) getting close to fifty.

Excellent bowling efforts by Saihaj Jaspal (1-30), Jake Mcmullen (2-25) and Jamal Richards (4-50) in particular helped South Woodford bowl the hosts out for 207 with 25 balls of their innings left.

In the chase, Craddock led from the front with 35 at the top of the order alongside fellow opener Henry Blackwell, who also fell 15 short of a half century.

Harry Neicho, batting at three, continued his fine form with a third consecutive fifty – ending on 58 – to help South Woodford get close to the finish line.

Jaspal (30*) and Mcmullen (nine*) capped good days individually by being there at the end as the away side secured an impressive victory.

Craddock praised Neicho, he added: “Harry is really showing his experience at the moment and has been excellent of late.

“He has been in the side for a few years, but has really stepped up when we have needed him recently and he deserves a lot of credit.”

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