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Essex Cricket League Division One: New Upminster captain Nicky Ison keen to see batting improvement during League Cup tie at Chingford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 May 2018

Nicky Ison in action for Upminster's first-team last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Nicky Ison in action for Upminster's first-team last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The all-rounder saw last weekend’s match at the Premier Division outfit abandoned, but the two clubs will do battle again on Saturday

New Upminster captain Nicky Ison is looking for his batsmen to impress on Saturday during their rearranged Essex League Cup first round match at Chingford.

The two clubs did battle last Saturday, but the poor weather saw the game abandoned with the Premier Division outfit on 98-1.

Upminster will get another chance to stun the higher-level opponent this weekend and the key to a positive result could be their batting.

In their recent ECB National Club first round game on April 21 at Winchmore Hill, Ison’s side did well to restrict the hosts to 207-4, but struggled with the bat and were all out for a below-par 113.

“I thought we bowled pretty well considering it was our first outing – all of the bowlers hit their straps pretty well on a difficult pitch,” said Upminster’s new skipper on the match at Winchmore Hill.

“We played on their third-team ground and it wasn’t the easiest of places to field and our fielding was well below-par, but when we batted it was in the worst of conditions and we looked very rusty.

“We have not been able to net so far and everyone looked loose and our habit of losing one wicket and two or three straight after came up again, so that’s one issue we need to look at over the next few weeks, especially for when the league starts.”

Upminster will look to show a batting improvement at Chingford on Saturday after not getting the chance to bat last weekend.

The Premier Division outfit had nearly reached three figures by the time the rain arrived and left the umpires with little choice but to call it off.

Ison added: “We were away to Chingford on Saturday and they did really well to even get the game started, but it was quite dark and misty anyway.

“The rain arrived after about 20 overs and made it too wet and stopped the game and so the umpires eventually called it off and we’ll go again this weekend against them in a rematch.”

Although Upminster are looking forward to doing battle with Chingford again, they won’t as strong as they were on Saturday.

“It will be a good chance for us to see where we are at,” said Ison. “We are missing a few players sadly, but it will be an opportunity for others to come in and show the depth of the squad ahead of the league opener on May 12.”

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