Upminster captain Ison delighted for Langston
PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 18 November 2016
Skipper praises former Hall Mead pupil after England debut
Upminster captain Alan Ison paid tribute to former player Beth Langston this week, after seeing her make her one-day international debut for England women in Sri Lanka.
The 24-year-old Langston, a former pupil at Hall Mead School like Ison, began her career at Upminster alongside brothers Tom, Sam and Ben, and her parents are both vice presidents of the club.
After joining the women’s set-up at Loughton, Langston has gone on to represent Essex and Loughborough Lightning and made her international T20 debut in 2013, before injury held up her progress.
But after taking 1-23 from 10 overs on her debut, in an eight-wicket win in Colombo, Langston claimed another 1-37 from eight overs in a 122-run success and bowled a tight nine-over spell (0-24) in a five-wicket triumph.
Langston then got her first chance to impress with the bat in the fourth ODI yesterday (Thursday) and scored a run-a-ball 21 as England piled up 240-9, before rain stopped play.
Sri Lanka were skittled for just 78 earlier today (Friday), as Langston bowled a tight four-over spell with the new ball without reward.
Ison said: “It’s really nice for the club to see Beth go and play for England and looking at the scorecards, she has done well so far and not looked out of place.
“I’ve kept up to speed with her progress with Loughborough and during the T20 over here and it’s good to see her doing well.”
Speaking to the ECB official website after her debut, Langston said: “It was amazing to make your debut, especially with four of your housemates playing in the same team.
“It’s always fun and Katherine (Brunt) did a really good emotional speech, I had a tear in the eye! It was really good.”
Brunt added: “I did actually get a bit choked up, but I did say what I wanted to say and hopefully I made it a special day for her.
“When we opened the bowling together I was really happy with how it was going. I was saying to Beth ‘lets keep being patient, they will make a mistake’. As long as we could keep the run rate really low we thought that we would just pile on the pressure for when the spinners came in.
“We were very patient and when we came back be bowled smart, a lot of cutters and the odd short ball and after a bit of time it paid off.”
Ison is looking forward to meeting up with his team and celebrating their Essex League Division One title success at the club’s dinner & dance tomorrow (Saturday), when he will finally get his hands on the champion’s shield after steering his side to promotion in his first year in charge.
He added: “It will be good to celebrate winning the league and receive the shield. It was a perfect year, to be honest.
“At the start of the season we spoke about how we had been fighting relegation the eyar before, so to win so comfortably made it a very successful season and meant the hard work paid off.”
Ison was prepared to give young players their chance last season, with brothers Connor and Julian Whetstone impressing, alongside Louis Pickering.
Another to catch the eye was Frank Hazel, who is spending his winter playing for Auburn District in Sydney, Australia.
Hazel scored 101 for their third grade side and has quickly been promoted through the ranks and Ison is hoping it pays dividends.
He added: “I spoke to Frank this week and he is playing first grade this weekend.
“It’s a decent standard and he will learn a lot out there. It’s such a different type of cricket and I know I learned a lot when I played in Perth and Cairns. Hopefully Upminster will see the benefits next year.
“Playing in the Premier Division is always a challenge. It’s the best cricket in Essex and where you want to be, striving to perform.
“Julian, Connor, Louis and Frank are all under 20 and will want to show how good they are next year.”