Search

Bopara thanks Upminster

17:21 17 August 2015

John Curtis shakes hands with Ravi Bopara before his benefit match (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

John Curtis shakes hands with Ravi Bopara before his benefit match (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 8450 946026

Essex and England star pleased with crowd for his benefit match

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex against Upminster during his benefit match (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex against Upminster during his benefit match (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

Essex and England cricketer Ravi Bopara was delighted with the amount of people that turned out to watch his benefit match against Upminster yesterday (Sunday).

The 30-year-old turned out to be the star of the show in the 30-over-a-side contest between the Essex League Division One team and the County Championship outfit.

Bopara smashed 117 to help his side make 292-7 from their allotted overs and Upminster were always going to struggle in reply.

Harry Jenkins hit 59 and Shafiq Rahman made 48 but John Curtis’s side finished on 213-7 to give Essex a 79-run win.

Lots of youngsters turned out for the day and Upminster Park was swamped with cricket fans who witnessed some great action between the two teams.

Bopara said: “Yes I am very pleased with the turn out, I am surprised with it to be honest. It was a brilliant turnout.

“Upminster have done a great job to get all these people here and it is nice to see so many kids playing. It is good for cricket especially with the Ashes win this summer.”

The innings from Bopara, who last played for England in March against Afghanistan during the World Cup, included nine sixes.

He was dismissed just before the close of Essex’s innings, going to a stunning caught and bowled catch by Upminster’s Nick O’Dell.

Bopara praised the effort by O’Dell and admitted if he was going to get out, it needed to be something extraordinary.

“I just thought as the beneficiary I have got to make an effort and score some runs here. It was very important that I do that,” added the England ace.

“It was an extraordinary catch, a one-handed one so that was me gone caught and bowled. I said to myself make sure it is something special that gets you out and it was.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

45 minutes ago
West Ham United under-12s were given a history lesson about the First World War ahead of the Premier League Truce Tournament in Belgium (pic whufc.com)

Under-12 squad prepare for Premier League Truce tournament

11:30
The 2016/17 football season is approaching the winter months (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

Havering 7 Croydon 2

10:00
Jim Stevenson of Dover Athletic and Andre Boucaud of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-1 National League win at Dover Athletic

09:00
Mike Martin attacks the basket for Essex Leopards

Big Cats brought back down to earth by Warriors

Yesterday, 20:11
London Raiders forward Sam Roberts (pic John Scott)

London Raiders 3 Bracknell Hornets 2

Yesterday, 19:35
Joachim Gerard of Belgium celebrates after winning the men's final against Gordon Reid at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (pic Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

Gerard, Griffioen and Wagner all win again

Yesterday, 11:00
Kai Bichard of Romford tries to escape Lewis Mcdonald of Soham Town Rangers (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford 1 Soham Town Rangers 4

Yesterday, 09:00
Hornchurch's Abs Seymour (left) challenges Montel Agyermang of Maldon, but was sent off at Dereham Town (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Dereham Town 0 Hornchurch 0

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now