Curtis calls on players to tame the ‘superstar’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 July 2015

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

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

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Upminster skipper discusses new found confidence running through his team

Upminster captain John Curtis has challenged his players to keep Hutton’s dangerous captain Hanuma Vihari quiet this weekend when the teams clash in Essex League Division One.

Vihari is a 21-year-old Indian all-rounder who has previously played in the Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

If Upminster are to make it two wins in a row tomorrow (tomorrow), after last weekend’s triumph over Hainault & Clayhall, they will hope to dismiss Vihari cheaply.

Curtis said: “Hutton have been struggling, but they have this one player that is a bit of a superstar.

“He captains them, has come from the IPL and smashed 200 on debut and took five wickets so he is obviously a good player.

“But he hasn’t got runs every week and when he has struggled, they’ve struggled so we will be looking to get him out early.

“It would be good for anyone to get him and you want to be playing against these type of players because that is how you improve.”

Upminster have certainly progressed in recent weeks and the new confidence they have, helped them beat Hainault last time out.

Curtis lost the toss to the visitors, but a strong team display with the ball ensured their rivals were bowled out for 205, with James Aggio-Brewe taking 3-68.

Openers James Evans (27) and Steve Wright (42) ensured their chase got off to a positive start, before Alan Ison played a mature innings to finish 56 not out and see his team home by four wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.

Curtis added: “Everyone is enjoying it now and that spreads through the team.

“We’ve got Hutton this weekend and Southend the week after and all of a sudden we think we have got a chance against Southend.

“A couple of weeks ago they were top of the league and we couldn’t buy a win, but it shows you how quickly things can change.

“Everyone that has come in for us has done really well and now we have a really strong, settled side and availability is better.

“I can see us keeping this team for the rest of the season now and I think we can do really well.”

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