Afzal expects a victory from his Barking side as they bid to continue their title charge
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 August 2017
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Barking captain Ehsan Afzal is expecting a win against Essex County League Premier Division outfit Bow Green this weekend.
Afzal and his side travel to take on their rivals on Saturday and are desperately searching for a victory in their late charge to catch leaders Newham for the league title.
The skipper will not settle for anything but victory in the upcoming match and believes his side must stand up and prove their worth.
“We are going into it expecting to win,” Afzal said.
“Nothing less then a win. We have good players and it’s time they stood up and showed why they are first-team players.”
The captain praised the opposition and believes it will be a tough test, but believes the defending champions must remain confident for their last two fixtures of the season.
“They’re a good side with a lot of experience,” he said.
“We need to be confident if we want to win the league. Both are must-win games.
“It’s simple – every game from now is a cup final.
“We need to play well and if we win the remainder of the games we will win the title.”
Barking could be boosted by the return of Moshin Latif in the line-up for the trip to Bow Green.
The club will be hoping to get back on track after suffering a defeat to their title rivals last weekend.
“The game didn’t go according to plan,” added Afzal.
“It was a bad time to lose a game and on top of that it was against our title rivals. We went into the game knowing that we needed a minimum of four points to still have a chance of winning the league.
“We made sure we picked up every point we could.”
Despite losing by 48 runs, the skipper praised his team-mate Imran Butt (3-25) for his bowling display on Saturday.
“He is the go-to man when we are in trouble and he always delivers,” he said.
“He has always been a team man and put the team first. He’s performed amazingly throughout the year for us and he still has a major role to play as we have got to the end of the season with some crucial games to play.
“I am sure he will have a big say to us winning the remainder of the games.”
Barking’s final game of the season is at Roding Valley on August 26.