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Tigg toasts Upminster’s T20 triumph

PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 July 2017

Upminster's players take to the field for Colchester's innings at Castle Park (pic Lee Power)

Upminster's players take to the field for Colchester's innings at Castle Park (pic Lee Power)

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Captain delighted to seal finals day spot

Upminster captain Matt Tigg was delighted to see his side book their place at the Essex League’s T20 finals day with success at Colchester.

Tigg was among the wicket-takers as his side secured an eight-run win at Castle Park, having made 124-9 from their 20 overs.

And he felt selection for a midweek away fixture was a key factor, saying: “We had a fantastic team out actually and it makes a hell of a difference when we can get 11 first-teamers out.

“It shows in the performance. We bowled brilliantly all the way through, we bat all the way down to 11 and we don’t have any weak links.

“It’s brilliant to see that and we’ve had so many messages in the groups throughout the week saying how fantastic it is to get a full strength team out for probably the first time in a couple of years on a week day. That’s testament to how much the boys want it.”

Shahbaz Butt and Louis Pickering got Upminster off to a good start with the bat, but wickets fell at regular intervals in the final third of the innings as batsmen holed out to catches in the deep.

Tigg added: “I think 124 was a bit below-par on what is a pretty good batting deck and always will be.

“The boundary was pretty big one side, short the other, and I don’t think we really exploited it to the best of our ability. 120 is probably a little bit short, 140-150 was probably about par. But it just shows how well be bowled and fielded.”

John Curtis made an early breakthrough with the ball, but Pickering took the prized wicket of Jack Hebron with Colchester already 41-1 in the fifth over.

The slow bowlers then tightened things up, with Connor Whetstone nabbing a brace and Shafiq Rahman also having success.

Curtis returned to claim a second scalp as Upminster defended their total and Tigg is hoping they can build on the T20 success in their Essex League Premier Division campaign.

He added: “It’s brilliant, after what has so far been a tough season, with some bright patches in there, having something like finals day is a great achievement for us and it’s something we can build on.

“We always have a good chance in the T20, we’ve done well in it in previous years and have been to finals day a couple of times. We’re happy with that and it’s one of our stronger competitions, we can get strong teams out and our fielding is very good.”

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