Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg and Upminster can’t wait to entertain high-flying Essex for annual benefit match on Sunday
PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 September 2017
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Recently relegated club travel to Hornchurch on Saturday before big fixture with County Championship Division One leaders the following day
Matt Tigg wants Upminster to enjoy their weekend as the club host the annual benefit match with an Essex XI on Sunday in aid of the Essex Cricket Foundation again.
Last year’s event proved a huge success with a big crowd in attendance to watch an entertaining 30-over clash at Upminster Park.
Essex make the short trip sitting top of the County Championship Division One table with only three games left to play.
And although it has been a tough season for Upminster, with relegation confirmed last Saturday, they are keen to enjoy the challenge.
Tigg said: “It will be good and Essex are doing very well this year and hopefully they can continue to do so.
“I would like us to be able to put in a good performance and I am sure we will enjoy the day and we do relish playing in front of a crowd.
“We also have to be very grateful to the people of Upminster for continuing to back us when it comes to this event and from a player’s perspective it is a thoroughly enjoyable day.
“Everyone has a good time, whether they are on a stall or arriving early to help out, so I’m sure it will be a great occasion and hopefully we can continue doing benefit games for many more years to come at the club.”
Before facing Essex, Tigg takes his team to Hornchurch for their final Premier Division match of the 2017 campaign.
A 74-run defeat at home to champions-elect Wanstead last weekend saw relegation confirmed for Upminster after only getting back into the top-flight last year.
The Herons declared on 245-7 from 52.4 overs after captain Joe Ellis-Grewal hit 91 and, despite Alan Ison (47) and Farid Butt (45) providing some resistance, the home side were eventually all out for 171.
Tigg wants his team to try and end a poor campaign with a victory at Harrow Lodge Park tomorrow (Saturday), adding: “We are looking to finish strongly whatever that is and hopefully we are all firing.
“I want us to give a good account of ourselves and we don’t want to go down the route we have recently of rolling over to an extent.”
A victory over Hornchurch would give everyone at Upminster a boost heading into the winter months and leave a positive lasting memory.
Tigg added: “It would be nice to go into the end of the year with some confidence and show we actually can do well in this division, but it just hasn’t been enough throughout the season.
“We have bowled well in spells and batted brilliantly at times, yet we have just not done it enough. If we can win it then it will give us confidence going forward and is something to take into next season.”
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