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The Gold Standard: Respect to Ravi

08:00 20 August 2015

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex at Upminster (pic; Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex at Upminster (pic; Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Upminster's Nick Ison goes for a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Upminster's Nick Ison goes for a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

It’s fair to say after years of playing in the sub-continent and playing in the IPL, Ravi Bopara certainly knows how to play spin.

He feasted on the Upminster (my) bowling like Henry XIII collecting potential wives on Plenty of Fish.

The benefit match was a fantastic day once again over at glorious Upminster Park.

The crowd and the players were treated to a splendid ton from Ravi Bopara. The annual fixture really does bring out the best in the club with 30-plus people turning up from 7am to set up gazebos, BBQs, chairs, sponsors area, etc.

Upminster's Nick Ison goes for a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Upminster's Nick Ison goes for a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

The general Paul Middlemiss and his assistant William Murphy were the architects of the day, and they run it like an absolute dream. Full credit should go to them and their benefit committee for making it all go so smoothly.

From a personal experience, it was the first benefit I have played since 2006 and I had a very enjoyable day. My pre match planning obviously worked as my plan to not spin the ball and for Ryan Ten Doeschate and David Masters to run at me and miss it worked a treat. I won’t go into too much detail about a dropped catch, but TGSphotos did catch it on camera beautifully, shame I didn’t do the same.

Sunday was all good fun for the club but the more serious stuff happened on Saturday, with the 1st XI winning away to Orsett and collecting 25 massive points. Two wins in a row has restored confidence into the club and hopefully they can continue for the next three weeks and retain their status in Division One. John Curtis and the team have found a winning formula, even if it does consist of getting the opposition nine down and praying on a suicide run out to win the game.

Upminster Cricket Club would like to thank everyone who made the effort to come down to the club last Sunday, and we all hope you had a great day. Hopefully see you again at future benefits.

Upminster's Nick Ison spills a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Upminster's Nick Ison spills a catch in the deep against Essex (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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