Essex League Division One: Upminster captain Nicky Ison encouraged by performance in defeat and sure Colchester and East Essex will go up
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 June 2018
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Although the club at the bottom of the division lost their third league game of the season, they produced solid displays with both bat and ball
Upminster suffered a third defeat of the Essex League Division One season on Saturday, but captain Nicky Ison believes the team they lost to will go on to secure promotion later this year.
Colchester and East Essex proved too strong in the end and won by four wickets after chasing down 240.
Both clubs were in the Premier Division in 2017 and have enjoyed contrasting fortunes this year, but Ison was optimism despite the loss after seeing Upminster score 240-5 off 50 overs with Shahbaz Butt top scoring with 57.
The captain said: “Everyone batted well. All of the top six faced a decent number of balls and did a job for the team.
“Shahbaz looked in good nick and probably the best he has looked all season and he and Louis Pickering (44) put a good partnership together.
“Harry Jenkins (43*) come in at the end and put on 60 inside 10 overs with Frankie Hazle, so that was really pleasing for us.
“If we can keep that up over the next few weeks we should give ourselves a good chance of winning some games.
“We were up against good opposition on Saturday. Colchester are a very strong team and I really expect them to go up this season.”
After a good effort with the bat, Upminster also showed their worth in the field and did push last weekend’s opponents all the way.
Ison, who watched from the sidelines while nursing a nerve injury to his hand, saw John Curtis impress again and claim 3-68.
Colchester’s Jack Hebron stood firm though, and scored an unbeaten 54 to get his side home in the 42nd over.
The Upminster skipper added: “We played well, both with bat and ball, and I think if we can keep getting a score of 240 over the next few weeks we’ll win more games than we lose.
“With the ball we did a good job and got Kieran Dale (78) and Joe Austin (60) out, but Jack stayed in and got them over the line, so it just one of those days where despite us playing well, we lost to a strong team.
“I think overall we were happy to get 10 points and hopefully we can build on this good performance moving into the 50-over format.”
Upminster remain bottom of the table, but are only 13 points from safety heading after five fixtures.