Curtis delighted with Upminster's 'best yet'
PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 June 2015
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Captain in great spirits after watching his side earn second win in the space of three weeks
Upminster captain John Curtis praised his team after they delivered their best performance of the Essex League Division One campaign to beat Hainault & Clayhall by four wickets last weekend.
A superb bowling display by the hosts helped dismiss Hainault for 205 with James Aggio-Brewe taking 3-68.
Curtis (2-24) opened the bowling alongside 17-year-old Will Chuter (2-28) again and the duo put the pressure on the visitors from the start.
Shafiq Rahman (1-32) and Matt Tigg (2-44) also managed to claim success before 56 not out from Alan Ison in reply earned a second win in the space of three weeks.
Upminster had gone almost a year without a victory before that opening triumph two weeks ago, but now they are thriving.
Curtis said: “It just goes to show what a win can do! We played really well and it was the best we have played all season.
“When we beat Orsett they were struggling like us, but Hainault are a really good team. It was a really, really good performance.
“The wickets were spread around and everyone bowled well. We got off to a good start, which helped, with Will and me at the top.
“He bowled 10 overs and got two wickets for 28 runs so he bowled exceptionally. Shafiq Rahman only got one wicket but did well and the two other spinners picked up wickets.
“I did okay too and in the field we were good so it really couldn’t have gone much better.”
Although Upminster’s batting displays have been improving recently, Curtis wasn’t going to be overconfident about them chasing down 206.
But Steve Wright (42) and James Evans (27) put on 50 for the first wicket and an unbeaten half century from Ison ensured the hosts won with 10 overs to spare.
Ison’s mature knock was in contrast to his usual explosive innings, but that delighted the Upminster skipper.
“I have played long enough to not be too confident about any chase but I was fairly confident that we would chase it, but had we not won a couple of weeks ago I probably wouldn’t have been,” Curtis added.
“We got off to a good start and put 50 on for the first wicket and that kind of defeated them. Their heads went down and their fielding was poor and you had overthrows and a lot of wides, but Alan batted really well.
“He played a different innings to usual. He got off to a quick start and had 30 from about 20 balls but ended up with 50 off about 80 and he just made sure he got us over the line. He did really well and it was nice to see him play that sort of innings.”