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Essex League Premier Division: Captain Matt Tigg encouraged by Upminster's form over weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 July 2017

Upminster players listen to captain Matt Tigg (66) before facing Wanstead in the final of the Essex League T20 Cup (pic: Christian Pickering).

Upminster players listen to captain Matt Tigg (66) before facing Wanstead in the final of the Essex League T20 Cup (pic: Christian Pickering).

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Skipper full of praise for youngsters Louis Pickering and Connor Whetstone after double success

Louis Pickering is congratuled by his Upminster team-mates after picking up a wicket against Hornchurch (pic: Christian Pickering).Louis Pickering is congratuled by his Upminster team-mates after picking up a wicket against Hornchurch (pic: Christian Pickering).

Matt Tigg feels Upminster are starting to click ahead of a crucial period in the 2017 Essex League season.

The Division One champions defeated Chingford by 43 runs last weekend following a strong batting and bowling display.

Louis Pickering caught the eye with 58 at number three before Shahbaz Butt smashed 94 off 88 balls.

Upminster posted 253-7 from their 50 overs and managed to restrict Chingford to 210-9 with Connor Whetstone taking 4-35.

Tigg’s team took that form into Sunday and impressed as they defeated Hornchurch before losing to Wanstead in the final of the Essex T20 Cup.

“Louis has taken on a lot of responsibility this year moving up to three and he has done brilliantly so far,” said Upminster’s captain.

“Following on from that ‘Shabs’ did excellently and exactly what we expect him to do and he showed more form on Sunday, so we are happy we as a team are starting to click a little bit.”

Connor Whetstone enjoyed a good weekend with four wickets against Chingford and then 2-31 against Hornchurch.

Tigg hopes it will act as a confidence-booster for the youngster with eight more league games left to play this season.

He added: “Connor is a strike bowler and he will go through days where he gets hit for a few runs being a leg-spinner, which is just one of those things, but he will get wickets.

“And as long as he stays confident and he should do, because he is a really good bowler, then we should be positive going forward.”

Upminster have lacked consistency this year, but two wins out of three last weekend suggests that aspect of their game might be improving.

Tigg is keen for them to show more good form when they host Ilford in the Premier Division on Saturday.

“We have had a few successes this year and we need to build on the ones we have had and we need to be a little bit more consistent,” said the skipper.

“I am pretty happy with two wins out of three over the weekend and it shows consistency is coming, so hopefully will take that forward.”

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