Essex League: Gidea Park & Romford get better of Upminster
PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 May 2018
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Gidea Park & Romford claimed the bragging rights over Upminster in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One derby at Gallows Corner.
Beaten by Hutton on the opening day of the season, while Upminster saw their match with Harold Wood abandoned, Park made 206-8 from their 50 overs after captain Jamal Francis chose to bat first.
The hosts lost James Pegram without a run on the board, as he edged former Park bowler Ejaz Khan behind, and John Curtis (2-46) dismissed MD Mostershed Billah-Touhid (22) and George Rogers (27) to leave them 63-3.
Alan Ison (2-22) held on to a return catch off his own bowling to send Michael Pegram packing with the total on 80, but Francis and Sam Hewitt then put on 69 for the fifth wicket.
Francis hit five fours in his 51 before falling to opposite number Nicky Ison, before Louis Pickering (2-52) picked up the scalps of Sam O’Sullivan and Callum Poultney to leave Park 168-7.
Hewitt held firm, though, and was unbeaten on 76 from 79 balls after hitting eight boundaries as Park passed the 200 mark.
Upminster lost Kiran Kullar and Pickering to Hewitt in reply, with Shahbaz Butt also falling cheaply to O’Sullivan to leave them 47-3.
Alan Ison hit two fours but then became another victim of Hewitt (3-40) and opener Shafiq Rahman was dismissed by O’Sullivan after hitting 37 from 35 balls.
That left the visitors 59-5 and worse was to follow as Farid Butt also fell to Australian pace bowler O’Sullivan soon after.
Terry Wyatt dug in with captain Nicky Ison, facing 56 balls for his 16 before falling to Adam McKie, but Park pushed home their advantage and O’Sullivan (4-40) ended Ison’s resistance on 36 to complete a 70-run win.