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Essex League: Gidea Park & Romford get better of Upminster

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 May 2018

Sam Hewitt of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Sam Hewitt of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Gidea Park & Romford claimed the bragging rights over Upminster in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One derby at Gallows Corner.

Upminster claim the wicket of Jamal Francis (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Upminster claim the wicket of Jamal Francis (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Beaten by Hutton on the opening day of the season, while Upminster saw their match with Harold Wood abandoned, Park made 206-8 from their 50 overs after captain Jamal Francis chose to bat first.

The hosts lost James Pegram without a run on the board, as he edged former Park bowler Ejaz Khan behind, and John Curtis (2-46) dismissed MD Mostershed Billah-Touhid (22) and George Rogers (27) to leave them 63-3.

Alan Ison (2-22) held on to a return catch off his own bowling to send Michael Pegram packing with the total on 80, but Francis and Sam Hewitt then put on 69 for the fifth wicket.

Francis hit five fours in his 51 before falling to opposite number Nicky Ison, before Louis Pickering (2-52) picked up the scalps of Sam O’Sullivan and Callum Poultney to leave Park 168-7.

John Curtis of Upminster claims the wicket of George Rogers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)John Curtis of Upminster claims the wicket of George Rogers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hewitt held firm, though, and was unbeaten on 76 from 79 balls after hitting eight boundaries as Park passed the 200 mark.

Upminster lost Kiran Kullar and Pickering to Hewitt in reply, with Shahbaz Butt also falling cheaply to O’Sullivan to leave them 47-3.

Alan Ison hit two fours but then became another victim of Hewitt (3-40) and opener Shafiq Rahman was dismissed by O’Sullivan after hitting 37 from 35 balls.

That left the visitors 59-5 and worse was to follow as Farid Butt also fell to Australian pace bowler O’Sullivan soon after.

Louis Pickering of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Louis Pickering of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Terry Wyatt dug in with captain Nicky Ison, facing 56 balls for his 16 before falling to Adam McKie, but Park pushed home their advantage and O’Sullivan (4-40) ended Ison’s resistance on 36 to complete a 70-run win.

Upminster claim the wicket of Sam O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Upminster claim the wicket of Sam O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nicky Ison of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Nicky Ison of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Alan Ison of Upminster claims the wicket of Michael Pegram (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Alan Ison of Upminster claims the wicket of Michael Pegram (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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