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Alan Ison content after watching Upminster Cricket Club 'dominate' at Southend-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 May 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

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Momentum is building for Upminster after another encouraging result in Division One on Saturday

Alan Ison was pleased with Upminster’s performance in the Essex League Division One last weekend at Southend-on-Sea.

It finished as a draw at Southchurch Park with the home team batting out for a draw and finishing on 204-8.

Shahbaz Butt’s 105 and 66 from fellow opener Shafiq Rahman had taken Ison’s men to 282-6 from 50 overs.

While they couldn’t get the final two Southend wickets, Upminster’s skipper was happy to take 11 points from the fixture.

“It was a good feeling after the match, we dominated from start to finish and Shahbaz and Shafiq put on a really good opening partnership,” said Ison.

“They put on about 170 and after I won the toss and deciding to bat first, I was delighted with that.

“Frankie Hazle and Harry Jenkins took it on afterwards and made 34 and 26 not out respectively to get us up to 280, which I thought was above par on that surface.”

Ison only contributed two runs against Southend, but it was enough to take him past 6,000 league runs for Upminster.

He was proud to reach the milestone, but just a tad disappointed with the score which he achieved it.

“I didn’t realise I scored my 6,000 league run until a few days later. I’d have liked to achieved it having got a big score, but it wasn’t too be,” said Ison.

“When I came in we already had a lot of runs so I was just trying to push it on and score quickly. I got out cheaply, but it doesn’t really matter as long as somebody is scoring the runs.”

After setting 283 to win, John Curtis and Will Chuter made an excellent start with the new ball at Southchurch Park.

Ison was pleased to see his young opening bowler claim his first Division One wicket of the season against Southend.

Connor Whetstone picked up 3-88 from 16 overs and Matt Tigg’s fine form continued as he finished with 2-37.

“We bowled really well, John and Will were excellent in their opening spells. John got two wickets and Will got his first league wicket of the season,” said Upminster’s captain.

“He had been bowling really well, but just not getting any reward so I was pleased to see him get that.

“Connor bowled a really good spell where he was turning it both ways and caused lots of problems for the batsman. ‘Tiggy’ was consistent as well like he has been all season and that has been really pleasing so far.”

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