Upminster require one more point for survival ahead of Wells trip

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 August 2018

Action from Upminster's clash with Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Action from Upminster's clash with Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After losing at Buckhurst Hill last weekend, Ollie Peck’s men will look to respond at Monkhams Lane

Upminster still need another point in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One to ensure survival heading into the final two games of 2018.

Ollie Peck’s team will travel to local rivals Woodford Wells on Saturday knowing the hosts are in need of points.

While Upminster look all but safe in sixth position with 190 points, and 49 above the bottom two, Wells are eighth on 155 points.

If they are to stay up, they will need a positive result this weekend, which will make it difficult for Peck’s men.

Upminster will go into the contest off the back of a loss last time out, but prior to the defeat at Buckhurst Hill, they had won six in a row.

The previous meeting with Wells back on June 30 saw the hosts win by 213 runs – their first victory of the Division One campaign.

After batting first, Farid Butt top scored with 74 while Kiran Kullar added 70 and Louis Pickering hit 66 as they scored 365-9 off 50 overs.

Wells were all out for 152 in reply with Peck taking 4-12 off 10 overs and the skipper would love a repeat display and result this weekend.

Last Saturday at Buckhurst Hill, Upminster struggled and lost heavily despite winning the toss at Roding Lane.

After fielding first, home opener Hendro Puchert made it a long day for the visitors with 96 at the top of the order.

Even though Alan Ison had him caught and finished with 2-62 off 16 overs, Hill managed to score 245-4 from 47 overs.

Peck (1-30) and Nabeel Aziz (1-53) chipped in with wickets too, but Upminster failed to earn many bowling points in the field.

Having produced the goods with the bat in earlier weeks, the away side were confident of chasing down 246 to win, but made a poor start.

Kullar, Shahbaz Butt and Adam Quested went without getting into double figures and although Farid Butt (30) and Ison (15) stuck around for a bit, they were soon out.

In the end, 30 not out from Aziz helped Upminster get past the hundred mark and 18 by Ejaz Khan and Peck’s 19 saw them up to 134 before they were dismissed.

Although it was a below-par showing with the bat, Peck will hope for much better on Saturday and be eager for them to celebrate survival come Sunday’s benefit match.

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