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15:00 17 June 2015

Upminster seconds face the camera before their match against Colchester at Castle Park

Upminster seconds face the camera before their match against Colchester at Castle Park

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Latest blog from Upminster’s Nicky Ison

A baggy Upminster cap lies beyond the boundaryA baggy Upminster cap lies beyond the boundary

They say 357 days is a long time in sport. It’s also the amount of time between league wins for our 1st XI.

The 21st June 2014 was the last time the first team won a Shepherd Neame Essex League match until this weekend when they defeated Orsett.

During that time The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William ‘courted’ again and produced a sister for Prince George.

Billy Wright lost two stone and got himself promoted from the 4th XI to the 2nd XI.

Rita Ora joined The Voice for another flop season and then signed up for The X Factor.

Some things don’t change though as Steven Gerrard played another season of Barclays Premier League football and once again finished without a winners medal.

The 1st XI skipper was a very happy man at selection this week, and even cranked half a smile.

I still wouldn’t be surprised if his lovely beard turns full ‘Colonel Sanders’ grey by September.

Esteemed Romford Recorder writer Lee Power attended the first of the 2nd XI’s new 45-over format games this past Saturday at Colchester.

We have spent years trying to push for a change of rules and for the league to introduce over-formatted games for the lower teams.

They haven’t quite gone that far yet, but they did change the rules for the 2nd XI who now have nine 45-over games.

Personally, it was a much more enjoyable game to play in.

Timed games are now old, slow and out-dated.

If I am a 14-year-old kid who just spent the last couple weeks watching the brilliant ODI series between England and New Zealand where it is all about fast paced, aggressive cricket and then I have to spend my Saturday afternoon watching a 65-year-old man block out 35 overs I would grow to detest playing the game.

If the league want more people playing and more kids staying in the sport after they turn 16 years old, they need to make all lower team cricket an over-formatted game.

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