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Cricket: Upminster captain Nicky Ison frustrated Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener against rivals Harold Wood ends in abandonment

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 May 2018

Nicky Ison in action for Upminster's first-team last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Nicky Ison in action for Upminster's first-team last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Upminster captain Nicky Ison revealed his frustration after his side’s Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One opener at home against Harold Wood was abandoned because of rain.

Drizzle fell almost continuously throughout the game, before a downpour brought the fixture to an early close, so that 59 overs were even played should be considered something of a positive.

It took 44 of those overs for Wood to be bowled out for 135, despite a top score of 27 from Hafiz Afzal in difficult batting conditions.

The hosts Ejaz Khan (4-32) and Muhammad Rahim (5-30) the stand-out bowlers by helping their side get off to a good start.

Shahbaz Khan took the only Upminster wicket to fall before the game was abandoned, trapping Shafiq Rahman (16) leg before wicket.

With the match abandoned, both sides claimed six points from the opener, and Ison believes they would have picked up the points had the game lasted.

“It’s very frustrating, we were in a pretty strong position,” Ison said.

“We bowled really well, especially with the new ball, Ejaz Khan come in and got a further and he bowled an excellent 15 over spell.

“Then young spinner Muhammad Rahim took five towards the end and we fielded really well in some tough conditions, it was wet the whole way through, and fair play to the umpires for giving it a go but sadly the weather won.

“We were doing everything right and if the game went on longer we would have collected the points I think but we have to go again next week.”

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