Tough weekend for Upminster
13:25 03 June 2014
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Senior teams slip up in league outings
It was a tough weekend for Upminster’s senior sides, although the fourths and fifths provided some cheer.
The first team fell to Premier Division defeat at Chingford, who made 239-9 despite wickets from Billy Gordon, John Curtis and Arshad Ali.
Upminster lost early wickets in reply and although Reece O’Connell (38) and Nick O’Dell (57) provided some hope, they were bowled out for 186.
Matt Tigg and Elliot Bussey were the pick of the second-team bowlers as Chingford were bowled out for 185 but Upminster made a bad start and were dismissed for 145, although Andrew D’Cruz made 40.
The thirds drew with high-flying Chelmsford at Chelmer Park, after recovering from a bad start with the ball to restrict the hosts to 218-6.
Rob White picked up four wickets and Daniel Tyler bowled a marathon spell for the visitors, but they kept losing wickets at crucial times in reply.
An unbeaten 36 from White proved in vain as they held on at 180-8.
Billy Wright’s fourth team had a well earned victory with a good performance against their Chingford rivals.
Ant Limn and Mark Schofield were in the runs as Upminster made 213-9, before Max Carter-Miller took six wickets to dismiss Chingford for 97.
The fifths beat Chelmsford in another low-scoring clash as wickets were shared amongst young and old as Terry Holder, Kevin Roome and Josh Lamont helped bowl out the visitors for 79.
Upminster slipped to 56-5 in reply but Lamont and Tom Larke kept their heads to see them home.
An improved performance from the sixth team was not enough to stop them falling to defeat against Epping thirds.
Youngster Jake Giddens picked up four wickets as Epping made 253-9 and Alex Bottoms made 31 in reply but lacked support as Upminster were dismissed for 93.
The seventh team made their first appearance of the season and beat Horndon fourths by seven wickets.
Nine bowlers were used as Horndon reached 126-7, with under-16 coach Craig Chuter making 25 not out as Upminster reached their target.
Mark Schofield was in the runs again on Sunday, as the seconds fell to defeat in an entertaining game at Woodford Green.
And the under-16s secured their place in the next stage of the Matchplay competition, and top spot in their group, with a six-wicket win over South Woodford, who were dismissed for 97.
The under-15s dismissed Wanstead for 86 before knocking off the runs for the loss of five wickets.
And the under-13 B team played out a thrilling tie with Gidea Park & Romford, after reaching 74-9 from their 20 overs.
Joe Soulsby (18) top scored and Park were pegged back in reply thanks to excellent bowling by Ryan Brown, Joe Murphy and Samuel Twine.
Park needed two runs from the last ball to win, but only managed a single in a tense finale.
The under-11s lost out to Hornchurch in a terriers clash, reaching 235 in reply to 274.
But the under-nines picked up their first win of the season in an excellent game against Goresbrook.
Upminster made 268-6 for a net total of 238, while Gorsebrook replied with 255-8 and a net total of 215.