Peck wants Upminster to get another victory over a relegation rival
PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 August 2018
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After recent success over Woodford Wells, Gidea Park & Romford and Hainault & Clayhall, Upminster are hungry for more
Experienced spinner Ollie Peck will be Upminster captain for the rest of the year and he has urged the now in-form team to keep on winning Essex League Division One matches.
At the start of July things were not looking good sitting in last position, but they have turned it around and have now won three in a row.
It has seen Upminster move up to sixth in the table, but they are only 20 points above the bottom two heading into Saturday’s clash on home soil against ninth-placed Orsett & Thurrock.
Peck: “It is quite an interesting division and everyone seems to be beating each other except for the leaders Hutton.
“Given the players we have, we were disappointed to be in the position we were in, but they are putting it right now.
“Over the last three weeks they have done really well, but if we get two bad results we are back down there again.
“I can’t have asked for much more from the team recently, but we don’t want to let it slip and must keep it going because we don’t want to go into the timed overs cricket needing results.”
Upminster will be desperate to make it four consecutive victories this weekend and know what to expect against visiting Orsett.
The last meeting between the clubs on June 2 finished as a draw with the hosts ending on 184-9 in reply to Upminster’s 201-9.
“Saturday is another big game for us and it would be good to increase the gap between the two teams,” said Peck.
“Hopefully we can get the win we need and give ourselves some breathing space over the bottom two, but they are a similar side to us with older players and a few youngsters, so it will be close.
“We don’t fear anyone, but what you do on paper is irrelevant, so we need people to be scoring runs and taking wickets.”
Last weekend Upminster had that with Kiran Kullar hitting 56 and Louis Pickering showing his potential again with 73.
It made sure Peck’s team posted 254-8 at Hainault & Clayhall and the hosts were dismissed for 203 with Shafiq Rahman taking 6-40.
There is still some work to do for Upminster though, and they have a third skipper of the year now.
Peck added: “Nicky Ison did the first half of the season, but has been struggling with injury and fitness then Alan (Ison) has work commitments, so I’ll be doing it for the rest of the season.”
*Upminster have announced their squad for the annual benefit match against Essex on Sunday, September 2.
Ejaz Khan, Nabeel Aziz, Rob Bannister and Tom Daniels all make their debuts in the long-standing fixture, and will join the Ison brothers, Shahbaz and Farid Butt, Louis Pickering, Kiran Kullar, Shafiq Rahman and John Curtis in the team.
The T20 match against the current County Championship Division One champions will start at 3pm.