Decent start for Upminster
18:12 12 May 2014
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Club celebrates three wins as Essex League season begins
Upminster made a positive start to the new Essex League season, collecting three wins from six matches played on the opening day.
Ollie Peck’s first team eventually got past Loughton in cold and damp conditions at Upminster Park.
Shahbaz Butt top scored with 90 and had good support from brother Farid, Arshad Ali, Billy Gordon and Alan Ison as the hosts amassed 294-4 from their 50 overs.
In reply Loughton got off to a great start with Hafeez and Ahmed putting on 124 for the first wicket, but John Curtis and Reece O’Connell worked their way through the line-up as the visitors came up 29 runs short on 265-9.
The 2nd XI had the better of a draw at Colchester, but were in trouble early on as they slipped to 11-3.
Harry Jenkins and Junaid Sarwar both made half centuries and late runs from Andrew D’Cruz, Elliot Bussey and Nicky Ison helped Upminster reach 208-7.
Colchester never got going in their reply, and settled for the draw at 131-5, with Myles Timoti picking up four wickets.
The 3rd XI game at Coopers lasted less than 44 overs as Upminster got the better of Ilford.
Four run outs did not help Ilford and three wickets apiece for Rob White and Mark D’Cruz saw the visitors dismissed for just 61.
Will Murphy made 34 not out in reply as Upminster got home by eight wickets.
Rob Waghorn scored a fine century for the 4th XI as they had the better of a draw with Hornchurch thirds.
Waghorn had assistance from Louis Pickering (56) and Stewart Hammond (37 not out) as Upminster made 227-3.
Rain interrupted the Hornchurch reply on several occasions, and the hosts settled for the draw at 107-5, as Daniel Tyler took three wickets on his return to action.
The 5th XI came out on top in a low scoring encounter with Leigh thirds.
George Sadek, Matt Peters and Tom Larke (all under-15 or younger) did the damage with the ball as Leigh were rolled out for 113.
Simon Stone and captain Mike Larke each made 22 in reply, and it was left to Peters and Tom Larke to see Upminster home with two wickets to spare.
The only defeat of the day came for the 6th XI.
Paul Scott and Alex Fisher were in the wickets for Upminster, but Hainault managed to make 240-7.
Upminster collapsed in reply, with only one man making double figures, as they were shot out for 46.
On Sunday the 1st XI were knocked out of the National Cup by Brentwood.
*Three of Upminster’s colts sides braved miserable conditions on Sunday morning.
The under-15 B team lost a closely fought contest with Wanstead B in the Cox & Kings Cup.
Nathan Dowdall picked up three wickets as Wanstead made 129-7 from their 20 overs.
Upminster were always slightly behind the rate in their reply and despite 22 from Harry Wyman and 21 from Ollie White they fell just short on 111-8.
But it is now two wins out of two in the Peter Coe Cup for the under-13s after they defeated rivals Hornchurch, dismissed for 90, by eight wickets with 11 overs to spare.
The under-10s narrowly lost to Gidea Park & Romford under-11s in their first game of the season in the Havering League.
In a 10-a-side terriers game, Park made 172 for the loss of four wickets and Upminster made 159-4 in reply.