Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg calls on Upminster to start performing more consistently
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2017
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Basement club desperate to show they are good enough to remain in the top flight after tough first half of the campaign
Upminster captain Matt Tigg has urged his team to start producing the goods on the pitch before it is too late in the Essex League Premier Division.
The 2016 Division One champions are bottom at the halfway point of the season after winning just two of their nine league games.
Last weekend they lost at home to local rivals Hornchurch after being dismissed for just 156.
Ahead of hosting mid-table Chingford, Upminster’s skipper has called for an improved performance.
“I know we can beat Chingford and I know we can beat any team in this league, but we need to show it,” said Tigg.
“We need to stop talking about what we are going to do and start actually showing it and doing it.
“We must produce the goods on the pitch because there is no point talking before or after the game if we are not doing it in the match.
“I don’t know if we need to work harder in the build-up to Saturday or maybe work harder during the game, but if we do both and other things then it will all add together and help.”
After a poor batting display last weekend, Tigg discussed the need for more people to kick on when they get in.
Julian Whetstone (28), Shafiq Rahman (20), Farid Butt (27) and Alan Ison (22) all made starts, but failed to hit a significant score.
Tigg added: “Our batting has been the difference all year and we have only passed 200 three times in the league, but won two of those games.
“It is very hard to defend small totals and it proved to be the case on Saturday, so we know why we are losing games.
“We need some of our players to be more selfish with the bat because the best players get to 20 or 30 and kick on.”
The Upminster captain believes all of the team need to do more with the bat, not just the top-order.
“I think for some of our batsmen they just need things to click and then they will be fine,” said Tigg.
“With others I believe they can do more when it comes to preparing and I am not talking about the top six here, but everyone.
“All of us in the team can bat and we know that, but right now not enough players are taking ownership.”