Alan Ison: Upminster Cricket Club won’t rest on laurels despite good run in the Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 July 2016

Upminster players look on from the boundary at Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster players look on from the boundary at Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Talented young side in fine form and hoping to extend lead at top of the table when they host Harlow

Upminster celebrate after getting another wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster celebrate after getting another wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster have won their last five games in Essex League Division One, but captain Alan Ison will not allow them to become complacent.

The bad weather boosted them at Monkhams Lane on Saturday as they secured a 10-run Duckworth/Lewis success over Woodford Wells.

It kept Ison’s men top of the table and without defeat in the division since the opening day of the season at Orsett & Thurrock.

Harlow visit Upminster tomorrow (Saturday) with only two victories to their name and sitting sixth.

“They are a good team, they always finish around mid-table or above and have a strong top four,” said Ison.

“It will be a tough game which I’m looking forward to. If we play the cricket we can, then we will get another good result.”

Upminster will be confident, but Ison knows if they are to make it another Saturday triumph, they will have to prevent Harlow’s top order getting runs.

Ahmed Khawaja looks the key man for the opposition having hit 444 runs in all competitions this year.

Ison added: “Ahmed is a very good player and gets a lot of runs for Harlow every season, but they also have Alan Jones who has been watched by Essex.

“The captain Rehman Ahmed is a very good batter and Mohammed Waqas hit a century last week so they have four or five people we need to watch out for. It will be a good test for our bowling attack.”

Although Upminster extended their lead at the top of Division One on Saturday, Ison admitted they were not celebrating too much.

He won the toss at Wells and the visitors managed to score 243 before being dismissed. Shahbaz Butt top scored with 56 but the home side had reached 118-2 off 20.1 overs before the heavens opened.

Unfortunately for Wells, they were unable to continue and Upminster won on Duckworth/Lewis. Ison said: “As soon as we got through 20 overs, the rain began to chuck down.

“It would have been quite a good game otherwise. The weather prevented that for Woodford Wells, but for us it was great to get another win.

“It was about 7.50pm when it was finally confirmed so pretty late and everybody just wanted to get off. We didn’t celebrate too much.”

Upminster did taste defeat on the road in the third round of the League Cup on Sunday at Premier Division champions Chelmsford.

Ison’s men were all out for 82 and the hosts won by eight wickets. They host Colchester tonight (Friday) in a North East Group B T20 game, having beaten Orsett last night (Thursday) by 39 runs in the same competition.

Upminster posted 118 from their 20 overs and made a bright start as the visitors were reduced to 24-5. They couldn’t recover and ended their innings on 78-9.

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