Upminster teams inspired and frustrated on the weekend
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 June 2017
Upminster cricket round-up
Captain Josh Lamont inspired the Upminster fourths with a superb performance to land his side another victory against Colchester on the weekend.
Lamont picked up three wickets, as did Ant Limn to dismiss the home side for 163 at Castle Park, with Oliver Allison (53) top-scoring.
Upminster fell to 120-7 but Lamont remained at the crease to seal the win.
The third XI was also in good-form as they picked up a hard fought win over Hainault and Clayhall.
Andrew Berry marked his return to the side with remarkable figures of 5-33 from 16 overs as Hainault were hustled out for 123.
Upminster struggled in their reply, but Paul Middelemiss (51 not out) and some clean hitting from Adam Quested sealed a six wicket win.
It didn’t pan out so well for the club’s other teams as the second XI suffered their first defeat of the season to Woodford Wells.
Farid (85) continued his sparkling form and support from Kiran Kullar, Elliot Bussey and Terry Wyatt meant Upminster were able to declare early at 257-6.
Phil Ashwell made 50 as Wells set about the chase, and although Upminster picked up wickets, half centuries from Liam McCarthy and Iain Wilson led Wells to a two wicket win with seven balls to spare.
The fifths were also frustrated with their result and West Essex’s last pair in their top of the table clash.
Rafe Smallman (72) and runs from Mike Larke and Dave Brown Upminster made a solid total of 189-8.
Nathan Bright and Scott Fisher ripped through the West top order to push Upminster towards victory, but veterans Colin Baxter and Paul Griffiths helped the home side cling on for a draw at 116-9.
Casey Adams (52) was the only score of note as the sixth XI were bundled out for just 113 by Gidea Park fours. Alex Fisher picked up two early wickets in the Park reply but after that it was plain sailing for Park who went on to a six wicket win.
Ryan Brown made his maiden half century for the Club as the Sunday second XI tied their game with Orsett and Thurrock.
Chasing 135 for victory Brown remained unbeaten as they were bowled out for 134.