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Alan Ison positive for Upminster Cricket Club's trip to Southend in Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 May 2016

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Last weekend has increased the confidence at the club after they secured two excellent results against Hadleigh

Upminster captain Alan Ison is in confident mood ahead of the trip to Southend tomorrow (Saturday) for their third match in Essex League Division One this year.

Ison’s men earned a first league win last weekend by beating Hadleigh at home by six wickets.

And the following day they saw off the same opposition, this time on the road, in the Dukes T20 North East Group B.

Upminster hit 168-6 from their 20 overs, before holding Hadleigh to 113-8, and Ison says the mood in the camp is extremely positive despite a tough test at Southend.

“They finished third last season and beat us twice in the league, so it will be a tough game,” said the skipper. “I know they’ve strengthened during the winter as well, but hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance.

“If we want to get promoted this year, Southend will be at the top come the end of the campaign so it will be interesting to see how we do on Saturday.

“I’m sure if we play like we did last weekend then we have more than enough to get another victory. Hopefully it is sunny and the rain doesn’t play a part because it should be a really good game, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Ison had a fantastic weekend for Upminster as he shone with both bat and ball. On Saturday he finished with 4-49, as Matt Tigg impressed again and took 5-58 in Hadleigh’s 171-9.

He then smashed 90 not out to ensure his team got home in the 40th over of their chase with plenty in hand.

“We lost Shahbaz Butt quite early, but he had looked in decent nick before Adam Soilleux got rid of him,” said Ison.

“Frankie Hazel joined Shafiq Rahman at the crease, before he went and then I put on a decent partnership with Shafiq. After he was dismissed, me and Harry Jenkins batted well together and it was a good victory in the end.

“It was a pleasing knock for me, I should really have led us home the week before at Orsett & Thurrock. I was hitting it well and then got out for 26.

“Obviously it was nice to get us over the line on Saturday and especially because it gave us that first league win of the season.”

Louis Pickering top scored with 40 on Sunday with Ison hitting an unbeaten 30 from just 13 balls at John Burrows Park.

John Curtis (2-4) produced a fine three-over spell of bowling, while Tigg (2-23) and James Aggio-Brewe (2-9) also played a crucial role with the ball as Hadleigh fell 55 runs short of their target.

Ison didn’t bowl on Sunday, but was pleased with his overall display on the Saturday against Hadleigh.

He did admit, however, that he stayed on for too long, adding: “It was pleasing to get four wickets in the league.

“I think this is the most I’ve bowled really for a couple of years. As I said before, I felt like I got my confidence back against Hornchurch recently.

“But I used seam too long from one end really and I should have taken myself off a bit earlier. The spin of Connor Whetstone would have probably been better, but I was chasing that fifth wicket a little bit too much.”

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