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Essex Division One: Upminster show promotion ambitions by beating Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 28 June 2016

Shahbaz Butt in batting action for Upminster against Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Shahbaz Butt in batting action for Upminster against Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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A round-up of the action in the Division One clash

Nabel Shaikh in bowling action for Woodford Wells at home to Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Nabel Shaikh in bowling action for Woodford Wells at home to Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster boosted their promotion credentials with a 14-run win away to local rivals Woodford Wells in Essex Division One.

Having won the toss, the visitors elected to bat and despite losing opening Shafiq Rahman for one, Shahbaz Butt went on to score 56.

Despite the good start, the middle order failed to kick on for Upminster, with the only other real telling contributions coming from their lower order.

Terry Wyatt (39), James Aggio-Brewe (34) and Connor Whetstone (33) all threatened to score half centuries, but finished just shy.

The wickets were quite evenly shared among the Wells attack with Michael Arblaster (2-36), Rory Ellison (2-41), Usman Sahar (2-43) and George Ellis (2-47) nabbimg victims in addition to two run outs as the visitors were bowled out for 243 with two balls remaining.

In reply, Wells lost opener Tanveer Shah for six as well as William Rogers (26) before the thunderstorm struck chasing a revised target of 132.

That left Michael Arblaster (60) and Jack Johnson (21) at the wicket, but with no further play available, the hosts suffered a disappointing defeat, left to rue their luck with the weather gods once again.

It was better news for Wells on Sunday, though as they secured top spot in Essex League T20 South West Group B with a nine-run success at home to Essex Premier Division side Ilford.

Batting first, openers Tanveer Shah (61) and Joe Johnson (45) made a telling contribution as the hosts reached 140-8 from their 20 overs.

Shah then proved his all-round credentials, shining with the ball to record figures of 3-24 as Wells skittled the visitors out for 131-8.

The result means Wells qualify for the next round of the competition, ahead of both Ilford and fellow Premier Division side Chingford, a huge achievement for the Division One club.

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