Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg challenges Upminster to learn from past Southend battles

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 August 2017

Matt Tigg celebrates after picking up a wicket for Upminster (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Matt Tigg celebrates after picking up a wicket for Upminster (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Two relegation rivals go head-to-head at Southchurch Park knowing what is at stake with time running out

Upminster visit Essex League Premier Division relegation rivals Southend this weekend and captain Matt Tigg wants his young group of players to show they have learned from previous meetings between the two sides.

Both clubs have been battling to avoid the drop this season and just 10 points is the difference going into Saturday’s clash.

Southend are just above the dotted line while Upminster are bottom and Tigg’s team lost the two earlier clashes with their relegation foes.

But the spinner expects a different outcome this time, he said: “I think Saturday is huge for both clubs and I am sure their captain Joe (Robbins) will be saying the same thing.

“It will be tough and we have played them twice already this season in the league and cup and unfortunately lost on both occasions.

“They were very close games, however, and I do want us to show we have learned from those defeats and hopefully we can take 10 wickets this time.

“If we can get runs on the board first up then we will have a good chance of winning, but we need to do well in all facets of our game.”

Last weekend Upminster produced a strong showing away to Shenfield, but lost by three wickets.

The hosts chased down 224 despite being reduced to 79-6 at one stage and claimed a big win in the process.

Upminster were able to take plenty of positives from the match, but know with five games to go they need some results.

Tigg’s team are set to take on two relegation rivals over the next couple of weekends and the Division One champions are still confident they can move away from the drop.

Upminster’s captain said: “The next two – Southend and Colchester – are huge, but we do need to take it one game at a time.

“If we can win this weekend then we can take it into the next one and it is very tight down the bottom, so I expect it go down to the wire.

“We know it is going to be tough, but we are still positive and we should go into these games with confidence.”

After coming close to victory last weekend, Tigg is looking for his players to finish off the job if they get a chance on Saturday.

He added: “As bowlers we need to maybe bowl tighter lines and not bowl as many poor balls I guess.

“If you can build up pressure for long periods then you will get your rewards and that is what we need to do this weekend.”

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