Upminster boys lift indoor league title
11:25 12 December 2016
Under-14s beat Hutton, but under-10s are runners-up
Upminster’s under-14s claimed the Shenfield Cricket Academy Indoor League title after a brilliant all-round performance against Hutton last night.
Having lost to Hutton in the group stages, Upminster knew they faced a tough task, but they produced their best display of the winter to claim the crown.
Having won the toss Upminster chose to bat first and Kiran Kullar and Matthew Bright got them off to a flying start as they reached 48-0 after four overs.
Bright was run out thanks to some excellent Hutton fielding, which brought Ellis Pickering to the crease, and he combined with Kullar to keep the scoreboard ticking before Kullar reached the retirement mark.
Amani and Nathan Brown fell quickly, but Josh Mason then joined Pickering and they ran hard between the wickets to move Upminster towards a good total.
Although Pickering had to retire as well soon after, Mason and Jack Helen saw Upminster to a competitive total of 111-3.
Hutton made a good start in reply and, despite two brilliant pieces of fielding leading to two run outs, they reached 56-2 after five overs.
They continued to keep up with the run rate until the last two overs and were left needing 18 runs to win from the final six deliveries.
Pickering took on the responsibility for Upmisnter and picked up a wicket from the first ball of the over and another from the third ball with a marvellous caught and bowled to seal a seven-run win.
The under-10s had lost to Shenfield in their final earlier in the day.
Batting first, Upminster lost early wickets, two to run outs, and could only reach a total of 62.
But Upminster began well in the Shenfield reply, picking up two early wickets to reduce the hosts to 20-2 after four overs.
Shenfield’s strong batting line-up eventually saw them home by five wickets with plenty of time to spare.
An Upminster spokesman said: “Special mention must go to Ross Taylor for his excellent captaincy of the team throughout the campaign, even though he is only an under-nine, and to Gus Siggins who finished at the top of the wicket taking charts for the under-10 competition.
“Well done to both teams for their excellent performances over the last three months and many thanks to the competition organisers for running such a great tournament once again.”