Essex Division One: Upminster captain Alan Ison thrilled to secure Essex Division One title with Loughton win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 August 2016

Upminster's Alan Ison (left) and Shafiq Rahman walk around the boundary rope (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster's Alan Ison (left) and Shafiq Rahman walk around the boundary rope (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Batsman happy to guarantee promotion with games to spare

Upminster skipper Alan Ison was delighted the club were able to wrap the Essex Division One title with two games to spare after beating Loughton by 151 runs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Shahbaz Butt hit a superb 189 for the hosts as they declared on 287-4.

The visitors never looked like threatening that total and were all out for 136 in reply, with Connor Whetstone taking five wickets.

The result was enough to give Upminster an unasailable lead at the top of the standings to make Ison a very happy skipper.

“It was great to wrap up the league and be promoted too with a couple of games to spare,” he said.

“We can now enjoy the last couple of games and try a few things out too.”

Butt’s impressive knock provided the cornerstone for a big total from Upminster as they easily secured maxiumum batting points.

And Ison says he knew early on that the opener was heading for a rather impressive score that came off just 146 deliveries, featuring 22 fours and 11 sixes.

“Shahbaz was amazing and I knew from the fifth ball, when he knocked it out of the ground and it was lost, that he was in for a big score,” added Ison.

“It’s just a shame, then, that he wasn’t able to go on and get his double century.”

Butt’s heroics were backed up by an impressive display with the ball by Whetstone who took 5-37 while last year’s captain John Curtis finished with 3-29.

And Ison was happy bowling attack were able to shine once more.

“Connor is in good form at the moment and it was nice for him that he was able to get a bit more reward this week having bowled well all year.

“It was nice too that John got the winning wicket that won us promotion and the league.

“He’s been at the club for so many years, so it was nice that it was John who did it.”

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