Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg positive after successful weekend for Upminster
PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 20 July 2017
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Upminster claimed a victory in the Premier Division and also reached final of Essex T20 Cup before losing to Wanstead
Upminster captain Matt Tigg was proud of his team following a pretty successful weekend in two different Essex League competitions.
The Premier Division side claimed a fine win over Chingford on Saturday by 43 runs to move off the bottom.
And Upminster backed it up with a brilliant 46-run success over Hornchurch in the semi-finals of the Essex T20 Cup on Sunday.
It sent Tigg’s team through to face Wanstead in the final later that day and despite being bowled out for 82 chasing 185 to win, the captain was pleased.
“I am happy we reached the final and we should take a lot of positives from this,” said the Upminster skipper.
“Now I am hoping we can take it into our league form and overall it has been a pretty good weekend for us, so hopefully that continues.
“I would also like to thank everyone who came to support us on finals day. All of the team really appreciated it and it meant a lot to us.”
A brilliant knock of 76 not out by Alan Ison helped Upminster see off Hornchurch and reach the final.
Shahbaz Butt also hit exactly 50 as Tigg’s side scored 190-3 off their 20 overs before their rivals ended up on 144-6 at Billericay’s Toby Howe ground.
“As I have been saying all year, if we put runs on the board then we are a tough team to beat and we showed it in the semi-final and in the league on Saturday,” said Tigg.
“The game against Hornchurch is a positive to take from the day and we know we can contain teams from a bowling point of view.
“We probably just need to be a little bit better when we are bowling first up, but it is only a small thing.”
After the high of beating Hornchurch in the semi, Upminster came up against a strong Wanstead team in the showpiece event.
Zain Shahzad (54) and Feroze Khushi (54*) both passed fifty while Kishen Velani struck 41 off just 19 balls as the Herons hit 184-5 from their allotted 20 overs.
It looked a tall ask for Upminster and so it proved, as they struggled to 82 all out from 16 overs, but there were plenty of positives to take.
Tigg added: “It is always tough against Wanstead and they batted brilliantly first up and it is one of those things.
“We batted, bowled and fielded brilliantly in the semi-final and going into finals against good teams we should be pushing them a little bit harder.
“But the next time we get here the guys will be a little more experienced so hopefully it counts for a lot.”