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Change in format helps, says Curtis

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 June 2015

Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Upminster skipper previews Orsett clash and looks back on poor performance against Hadleigh last week

The bottom two teams in Essex League Division One go head-to-head this weekend and Upminster captain John Curtis is desperate for his side to come out on top against Orsett.

Upminster play host to the basement boys tomorrow (Saturday) following their eight-wicket defeat to Hadleigh last weekend.

That was the last timed match until August as the league switches to a 50-over format and Curtis believes that will suit his side.

He said: “We’re only one point ahead of Orsett, but already something like 19 away from eighth place. If we lose this match we will be bottom and slightly adrift so it is really important we win.

“I definitely think the 50-over format will suit us, it has done in the past. What you find in timed games is a lot of teams have one or two bowlers they rely on, but no-one else.

“We have a lot of bowlers who can deliver for us and they will all be used. A lot of clubs struggle to find a fifth bowler to do 10 overs now.”

Upminster go into the clash off the back of a disappointing batting display, all out for 152, against Hadleigh.

Junaid Sarwar top scored with an unbeaten 35, but it wasn’t enough to stop Hadleigh, who knocked the runs off with ease.

Curtis added: “Apart from Junaid, it was really poor and nobody took any responsibility. There was nothing wrong with the wicket as Hadleigh proved, knocking it off with just two down.

“We have had a lot of 20’s and 30’s this season but you are never going to get everyone doing that so it won’t ever be enough.

“Guys need to go on and get 70 or 80. They are definitely good enough to do that but they aren’t doing it at the moment and I can’t quite put my finger on why,”

Sarwar’s display was a welcome positive for Upminster on an extremely poor day for the club on home soil.

He faced 55 balls and hit four boundaries but didn’t have anybody stick around long enough with him. Farid Butt (29) and James Evans (22) were the next top scorers.

“Junaid come up from the twos last weekend but has scored hundreds for the ones in the past,” revealed Curtis.

“He stepped up and batted really well, he never looked in any trouble it was just we couldn’t find anyone to stay with him.

“I think he is the kind of batsman we are looking for, someone who can stick around and build a partnership.”

Upminster will hope Sarwar and many more batsman can stick around this weekend against Orsett.

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