Captain Peck: Upminster seeking to settle Buckhurst Hill score
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2018
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Last month they were in the relegation zone and now they are looking for a seventh straight victory
After winning their previous six games in the Essex League Division One, it is safe to say Upminster will not fear Buckhurst Hill on Saturday.
Ollie Peck will take his team to Roding Lane this weekend trying to make it seven in a row and also keep alive any faint hopes they have of winning promotion.
Going up to the Premier again seems unlikely, but considering they were in the relegation zone only last month, the turnaround has been remarkable.
Peck said: “It’s six in a row now and we have three games left and thankfully we are no longer looking over our shoulder.
“We didn’t expect to be in the position we were at the halfway stage, so we are pleased to be out of it now and not worried about relegation too much.
“Looking ahead to the last few, we should have a couple of exciting games because two of the teams we are playing are going for promotion.
“I would imagine both of them will be really competitive matches and that’s the type of contests we want to be involved in.
“We have Buckhurst Hill up first and they beat us in a close game before, so it would be nice to even the score this time.”
The match Peck is referring to was back on June 23 and when chasing 248 for victory, Upminster finished on 244-7 – falling just four runs short of their target.
It was a painful result, but things have improved since and last weekend saw them register their best display of the season.
At home to leaders Hutton, Ejaz Khan and John Curtis produced astonishing figures to dismiss the away side for only 49.
Khan claimed 6-21 off 13 overs and Curtis bagged 4-27 off 13.3 before Upminster chased it down using just 58 balls.
Shahbaz Butt finished unbeaten on 19 and opener Kiran Kullar hit a patient eight not out off 28 balls to see the hosts home easily.
Peck admitted: “It was a pretty enjoyable day and especially having lost the toss, but Ejaz and John bowled superbly.
“It was moving about a bit, but they just didn’t bowl any bad balls and we got the top two out pretty quickly. We then knew we had to bowl well to their overseas, the Australian Vivian Paver, and Kiran took a fine catch in the gully to get rid of him.
“Once we had them five down, they showed a little bit of inexperienced and looked a bit lost without the overseas there.”