Cricket: Upminster too good for Gidea Park & Romford
PUBLISHED: 20:00 21 July 2018
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Upminster maintained their improving form with another derby win over Gidea Park & Romford in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One.
Having beaten high-flying Harold Wood a week earlier, Upminster chose to bat first and saw Farid Butt (35) and Shahbaz Butt put on 59 for the first wicket, before Sam O’Sullivan made the breakthrough for Park.
Kiran Kullar fell cheaply to Sam Hewitt, but Louis Pickering added 54 for the third wicket with Shahbaz Butt before succumbing to Aditya Kumar.
Butt hit three sixes and eight fours in his 65-ball innings of 62, before also falling to Kumar to leave the hosts 125-4.
Kumar (5-32) also accounted for Alan Ison, Harry Jenkins and Nabeel Aziz as Upminster slipped to 162-7, but Ejaz Khan (23) and John Curtis gave Shafiq Rahman late support.
Rahman finished unbeaten on 43 as Upminster closed on 241-9, after Australian O’Sullivan (2-56) nabbed a second scalp.
And Khan (2-9) struck two early blows with the ball in reply, dismissing openers Callum Poultney and George Rogers, as his former club slipped to 21-2.
Harry Phillips (33) and captain Jamal Francis (23) put on 48 for the third wicket, but both fell to Aziz, who went on to finish with 5-22 in his nine-over spell.
Pickering dismissed in-form Hewitt, before Ollie Peck (2-6) got in on the act with a quickfire brace to help dismiss Park for 103 inside 30 overs.