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Essex League Division One: Nicky Ison disappointed Upminster’s bowling effort at Gidea Park & Romford wasn’t backed up

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 May 2018

Upminster claim the wicket of Jamal Francis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster claim the wicket of Jamal Francis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The away side restricted the hosts to 206-8 and despite nearly batting out for a draw, they eventually slipped to a 70-run defeat

Upminster claim the wicket of Gidea Park & Romford batsman Sam O'Sullivan and bowler Louis Pickering (centre) is congratulated (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Upminster claim the wicket of Gidea Park & Romford batsman Sam O'Sullivan and bowler Louis Pickering (centre) is congratulated (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Nicky Ison felt sorry for Upminster’s bowlers after eventually succumbing to a 70-run loss away to Gidea Park & Romford in the Essex League Division One on Saturday.

The recently relegated Premier Division side produced a solid display in the field with opening duo Ejaz Khan (1-20) and Louis Pickering (2-52) keeping the hosts in check at the start of the innings.

John Curtis (2-46) and Alan Ison (2-22) backed up the earlier efforts of Upminster two seamers as Gidea Park had to settle for 206-8 with Jamal Francis hitting 51 and Sam Hewitt top scoring with an unbeaten 76.

It wasn’t enough for the visitors to claim a positive result, however, as they were all out for 136 with Shafiq Rahman top scoring with 37 off 35 balls.

“We once again bowled pretty well in the first half of the match and kept the scoring rate at around three an over for most of it, but they got a few at the end, although after 50 overs we were happy,” said Upminster captain Ison.

“Everyone bowled quite well, especially the seamers and Alan had a proper bowl in a league game for the first time in a while and he was very useful in particular at the death.

Alan Ison of Upminster claims the wicket of Gidea Park & Romford batsman Michael Pegram (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Alan Ison of Upminster claims the wicket of Gidea Park & Romford batsman Michael Pegram (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“John Curtis and Ejaz did a good job too, but the batting was very ill-disciplined and we lacked application.”

After an encouraging start, Upminster collapsed to 59-5 and despite Terry Wyatt (16) and Nicky Ison (36) sticking around for over 50 balls each, it wasn’t enough to stave off defeat.

The skipper added: “We started alright and we were 45-1, but we lost four wickets in the space of around five to six overs and it killed any chance of us getting a win.

“Terry and I managed to stick around for a while and I got a few towards the end trying to block out for a draw, but then I got a pretty good ball to end it – yorked up – with about three-and-a-half overs to go.

“It was really disappointing and considering some of the experienced and talented batsmen we have, there was some poor shot selection on show.”

Upminster’s skipper did pay tribute to the bowling efforts of Gidea Park duo Hewitt (3-40) and Sam O’Sullivan (4-40) though.

He added: “We had three-and-a-half overs to go, but I think we were 69-6 after about 18, so we did well to get so close to the draw.

“They just did enough to get the win and it was pretty gutting to be the one to get bowled, but that’s the game and it was a quick ball to get me out.

“As much as we batted poorly, Gidea Park did bowl very well and Sam Hewitt and their Aussie Sam O’Sullivan were bowling at a pretty good length and they caught very well.

“They had a couple of one-hand stormers in the slips, so they definitely turned up with the ball and in the field, so a mixture of all that meant we got beat.”

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