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Barking captain Afzal wants to continue winning streak

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 July 2017

Barking cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Barking cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Barking captain Ehsan Afzal is ‘confident’ his side can continue winning streak against Essex County Premier Division side Aztecs this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Afzal and his side play host to Aztecs at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday (1pm) and will be hoping to continue their recent form in their bid for the league title.

“We’re in good form currently, but we have to take each game as it comes,” he said.

“We want to win the title and to do that we have to be good each week.

“We will give it our best and that should get us the result we want.”

The skipper did admit it will be a tough test as third placed Aztecs are also coming off the back of a comfortable victory.

“Both teams will go in to this game in good confidence of getting a result,” Afzal said.

“Aztec have players with experience and they have a never give up attitude.

“This makes them a dangerous side as they never know they are beaten.

“They will fight until the last ball.”

Barking could receive a major boost as Afzal believes his side will be back at full strength for the encounter.

“A few injury issues but nothing major the players should all be fit for the weekend.”

Afzal was pleased with his side’s recent victory over Hawks and praised their efforts especially the stand-out performance of debutant 15-year-old Usman Mahmood.

“The team played brilliantly,” he admitted.

“We had a few players missing and had a few youngsters come in.

“Scoring 235 was a good start and it gave me the chance to give the ball to players and tell them to express themselves.

“Usman Mahmood made his debut for the first team and cleaned up Hawks - he bowled in the right areas.”

He was also pleased with his own batting and his partnership with Pulkit Gupta.

“We both pushed the run rate and set up a solid platform for the lower order to come in and take us past a winning score.”

Barking currently sit second in the league and four points behind league leaders Newham with a game in hand.

“We know what it takes to win the title,” he said.

“We are in a good place and we have to take each game as it comes.”


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