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The Gold Standard: Unbelievable scenes

19:30 09 September 2015

Nick Ison

Nick Ison's Upminster 2nd XI at Colchester's Castle Park

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Our final blog of the 2015 season from Upminster’s Nick Ison

Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Sixty. 60. SIXTY RUNS ALL OUT.

Australia, at Trent Bridge 2015.

Hutton CC, at Upminster 2015.

There were unbelievable scenes at Upminster Park this past weekend in the final game of the season.

John Curtis and Nick O’Dell both collected Michelle Pfeiffer’s to dismiss Hutton for 60 and to confirm our place in Division One next year.

A huge sigh of relief for the club and we will now spend most of the winter re-building to be better for next year.

Sadly our 3rd and 4th XIs were relegated on Saturday, but the end-of-season party went long and hard into the middle of the night.

The unofficial Upminster CC 2015 Team of the Season:

1. Steve Limn - When Billy Wright decided to play at his correct level, Steve stepped up to be 4th XI captain and managed to keep them in the league. The 3rd XIs relegation meant Steve’s hard work was all in vein, though.

2. Alfie James - Five half-centuries for the 14-year-old batsman this year for the 4th XI and Matchplay.

3. Frankie Hazle - Finally backed up his talent with 813 club runs this year, including a 2nd XI ton and a 1st XI fifty v Southend.

4. Alan Ison - Five half-centuries and an important ton against Orsett. Showed some promise with the ball towards the latter stage of the season, giving us hope that next season he may return to full fitness, and his key all-rounder status.

5. Harry Jenkins - The 1st XI rock when things got tough. Dug them out of a hole and was part of many important partnerships.

6. Mark Hortop - A fantastic addition to the lower teams. His 425 runs at 28.3 is an impressive return compared to the majority of lower team batsmen. Picked up some useful wickets too.

7. Adam Quested - Best keeper outside 1st XI cricket. Useful contributions with the bat too.

8. Casey Adams - A 6th XI stalwart this season. 24 league wickets at 20.96. Came back well after Leyton Orient’s relegation.

9. Will Chuter - Jumped from the 3rd XI to the 1st XI, came into his own when given the new ball. 17 wickets at 24.88 is an outstanding first year for 17-year-old.

10. Billy Wright - Proved all his doubters wrong when he was first picked in the 2nd XI. Finished with 44 league wickets for the club, including 27 for the 2nd XI.

11. Karim Govani - Given his chance in the 3rd XI after years of trundling away in lower teams. Formed a formidable partnership with Mark D’Cruz and collected 32 wickets at 18.56.

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