Peck urges Upminster to stay switched on in bid to avoid relegation
PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2018
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Upminster will look to make it five wins in a row on Saturday at Castle Park
Ollie Peck knows Upminster will need to keep up their form if they are to stay clear of the Essex League Division One bottom two in the coming weeks.
After spending most of the year in the relegation zone, a superb four-game winning streak has helped them move up to sixth.
Upminster have 148 points to their name which means they are 34 clear of the drop zone, but Peck knows their final five games of the campaign are difficult.
Therefore the captain is hoping his improving team can make it five wins in a row on Saturday at Colchester.
“We need the gap because in our last five games we are playing the top four and Woodford Wells who are coming into form again,” said Peck.
“I think we probably need to win a few more and we cannot afford to pick up no points in these fixtures like we did at the start of the year.
“Colchester are a top side and that’s why they are second, but we have good players and hopefully we can put in a good display.”
Upminster continued their fine form last weekend to win by five wickets at home to strugglers Orsett & Thurrock.
The visitors won the toss and had a bat first, but Ejaz Khan saw off the away openers on his way to figures of 2-25.
Although Orsett recovered and reached 88-2, Nabeel Aziz kept up his excellent recent run and took 4-33 to help dismiss the lowly side for only 158.
Captain Peck chipped in with 2-19 and John Curtis claimed 1-19 as Upminster produced a solid team effort in the field.
The chase was far from easy and when Alan Ison went for a 29-ball 42, the hosts were reeling on 95-5, but Terry Wyatt showed his class with 35 not out.
Louis Pickering continued his purple patch with an unbeaten 35 as well and Peck will hope to see Upminster’s batsmen impress on Saturday at Castle Park.
Although Colchester are known to have a good batting wicket, this weekend’s visitors have often had struggles on it.
Peck added: “It seems to be a good batting track for everyone else! I think we have only scored more than 200 a few times in both Division One and the Premier.
“Theoretically it is a great surface and we do have a number of good batsmen, so hopefully they can make the most of it on Saturday.”