Upminster captain full of praise for King of the Castle Butt

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 August 2018

Shahbaz Butt of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Shahbaz Butt of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Shahbaz Butt scored his first hundred of the season to help Upminster win at Colchester on Saturday

Ollie Peck hailed the quality of Upminster batsman Shahbaz Butt after he scored 100 not out to help them win at Colchester and East Essex on Saturday in the Essex League Division One.

Chasing 236 for victory at Castle Park, the experienced ace played a patient knock after opener Farid Butt had smashed 59 off only 35 balls.

Shahbaz Butt finished the game in style with four consecutive boundaries to bring up his century – his first of the season.

After scoring just one fifty in his previous nine first-team innings, the batter returned to form at Colchester.

Peck said: “Shahbaz played really well and got to 84 and we needed 16 off the last four overs and he hit the next four balls for four, so it was quite a way to bring up his hundred and win the game.

“By his own admission, he has been struggling for form this season, so it is good to see him come through with a match-winning innings rather than just a contribution.

“Match-winning innings is what we have come to expect from him over the years, so it was great to see him put his stamp on the game in a proper way.”

Upminster’s captain was quick to praise the bowling efforts of opening pair Ejaz Khan and John Curtis too.

Khan picked up 2-21 off 10 overs and Curtis finished with 1-29 from his allotted overs as Colchester could only make 235-7.

It proved light work for Upminster in reply and come the conclusion of the match the key men for the club were all stalwarts.

“Saturday was a really good win and Colchester are a good side, very young and well drilled and athletic, so it was a proper challenge for us,” Peck said.

“The key performances were Ejaz and John with the new ball. We kept them to about 45-3 off the first 20, so they both bowled out and it helped us keep the total down.

“Both of them bowled well with the new ball and in reply, ‘Freddie’ (Butt) got us off to a blistering start and when he got out, ‘Shahbaz come in and was very watchful and then accelerated towards the end of his innings in what was a well-timed run chase.

“Those four guys are either just over or under 40 and they did the damage, so it was quite nice to see our experienced players step up.”

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