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Upminster captain Ison says first league win has been a long time coming

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 July 2018

Upminster captain Nicky Ison (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Upminster captain Nicky Ison (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Upminster captain Nicky Ison believes it’s been a long time coming after his side claimed their first win of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season in style, with a convincing display against Woodford Wells.

Captain Nick Ison chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Farid Butt get his side off to a flying start, hitting three sixes and nine fours in his 74 from 51 balls.

Butt put on 101 with Kiran Kullar, who added another 122 runs for the second wicket with fellow teen Louis Pickering.

Pickering, a week after his maiden century, scored 66 off 67 balls with nine fours, before Shahbaz Butt struck a quick 26 off 18 balls.

Kullar fell for 70, after hitting eight fours, to leave the hosts 274-4, but Alan Ison clubbed 42 off just 21 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours to take them past the 300-run mark.

James Evans (22) and Ejaz Khan produced late cameos as the total reached 365-9, with Nigel Holmes (4-64) and Jonathan Gaffney (4-73) shared most of the wickets to fall.

“We felt it has been coming and a win was just around the corner but to do it in that sort of style was very pleasing and we got a lot of confidence and belief from that performance to get it over the line,” Ison said.

“That has been our issue this season is just making sure we get the win.

“Our top four batted superb, Farid at the start got 70 off 40 balls I think it was and was great from ball one, Kieran the young lad batted for 70 again and Louie got 60, so everyone chipped in for 60 and 70.

“If you do that you’re going to get a big score and we also bowled really well.”

Wells lost Christopher Hall cheaply in reply, as Khan struck, before Oliver Peck and John Curtis (2-17) combined to reduce them to 43-5.

Wells captain Gaffney held firm at one end but saw partners fall at the other as Wells were dismissed for 152 inside 35 overs.

Peck finished as the pick of the Upminster bowling with 4-12 from his 10 overs, while Nabeel Aziz (2-39) nabbed a brace to help secure victory.

Skipper Ison praised bowler Oliver Peck for his display.

“All the pressure was on them but Ollie Peck got four and tied them right up so I’m very pleased with that.”

Although, the following day the captain wasn’t so pleased as his side crashed out of the Dukes Essex League T20 semi-finals to Colchester, when they were bowled out for 66.

Ison won the toss and elected to bat first but his side were soon out and easily chased down as Colchester went 63 for 3 in reply.

“I’m very surprised by our performance, we started badly and just crumbled really, that can happen in T20 as momentum is so crucial in it.

“We just said in their our primary focus is the league and these things can happen on the day that’s life, we must just go again in the league next week and make sure our performance is better than that.

“We just batted really poorly especially for a team that got 360 the day before but plenty of teams get rolled over it’s just the natural of the format.”

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