Barking captain Afzal confident of bagging league title

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 August 2017

Ehsan Afzal of Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ehsan Afzal of Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Barking cricket captain very confident they can seal the Essex County League Premier Division against Roding Valley this weekend.

They travel away to Roding Valley tomorrow (Saturday) and will be hoping to lift the league champions trophy on the afternoon.

“We have a good bunch of guys who are hungry for the title,” Afzal said.

“I am very confident that the boys will get a result.

“Looking at the resent results I believe we have all areas covered and should come back victorious.”

Afzal also believes they need to just treat the title decider like any other match and prepare the exact same way.

“We just need to keep doing the same,” he admitted.

“We have 11 match winners and they all have contributed at different stages of the season.”

The skipper also admits they can’t take Roding Valley lightly as they lost to them earlier this campaign.

“We are expecting a good game,” he said.

“We have played them before and they were handed penalty runs which lead them to winning the game.”

Afzal will be missing the clash, but they will be boosted by the return of Moshin Latif from injury.

“I will be missing out,” Afzal said.

“Pulkit Gupta will step in for me and Moshin Latif is back from his hand injury which will strengthen our team.”

Barking are coming off the back of a comfortable 126-run league win over Bow Green last weekend and Afzal was pleased with the result.

“I was pleased with the final result.

“We had a poor start to the game losing wickets early and at one point being 117-7, but the youngsters all stood up and showed that they are good enough to play premier league cricket.”

The captain also revealed it was vital to win as everything is still in their hands going into the final fixture of the season.

“It is always good to win, especially when it comes down to these situations.

“It was important that we beat them and made sure we went in to the final game in good confidence.”

Afzal top-scored with 41 in his batting display and also took three wickets from 18 balls against Bow Green.

“It is always good to contribute to a win.”

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