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Upminster captain Ison is backing batsmen to make mark and build on first win

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 July 2018

Upminster captain Nicky Ison appeals to the umpire (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Upminster captain Nicky Ison appeals to the umpire (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Upminster captain Nicky Ison is backing his batsmen to start making their mark after sealing their first win of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season in style.

Ison and his side are keen to continue their impressive form when they travel to mid-table Belhus on Saturday.

But the skipper is under no illusions and knows it will be another top test for his side as they look to get away from the relegation zone.

“It will be a really tough game, we’re fully aware of their good players, but our batsmen are now really starting to get in some good consistent form so I think we can keep racking up some big totals.

“That’s our plan and our strength really is our batting.”

Ison wants his side to take the momentum from Saturday’s 213-run win over Woodford Wells into the Belhus clash and forget Sunday’s T20 semi-final disappointment against Colchester, when they were skittled for 60 at Billericay.

“We were pretty buzzing to get our first win and we just need to build from it now,” Ison added.

“We’ve caught up with the pack now and we’re probably only one win away from being out of the bottom two so we just need a little run and a few good weeks.

“I’m very surprised by our performance, we started badly and just crumbled really, that can happen in T20 as momentum is so crucial in it.

“Our primary focus is the league and these things can happen on the day. That’s life, we must just go again in the league next week and make sure our performance is better than that.”

The skipper was delighted to see brother and former captain Alan return to the line-up last weekend and believes his impact is a huge boost after he clubbed 42 off just 21 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours to take them to a mammoth 365-9.

“He brings a lot of expertise and definitely strengthens our team with the bat and ball so having him back fit is a big plus,” he said.

“Our team is looking good and is starting to take more shape to how we should be really.”

Ison was confident of having a full squad to choose from, but did reveal those thoughts before England’s World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday evening, adding: “I think we should be all good, but it depends!”

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