Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg full of praise for Upminster team after Brentwood win
PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 May 2017
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Newly promoted side held their nerve against experienced local rivals to come out on top in first round of Essex League Cup
Upminster captain Matt Tigg praised the mental strength of his team after their nine-run success over local rivals Brentwood in the first round of the Essex League Cup last weekend.
The two Premier Division foes produced a thriller on Saturday with last season’s Division One champions edging a tight contest.
Brentwood were dismissed for 247 with two balls of their innings left after Upminster had posted 256-5 from their 50 overs.
“I was pretty confident at the halfway point because at the start we were looking to get around 220,” said Tigg.
“To get past 250 was pretty impressive, but what was more impressive was how we reacted when Max Osborne and Charlie Griffiths were hitting it to all parts.
“It would have been very easy for our players to go into their shells, but we kept on fighting and Nicky (Ison) bowled a brilliant last over.”
Upminster looked on course for a comfortable victory when Deunte Darrell was out for one, which left Brentwood on 163-8.
But number eight Osborne (31) and number 10 Griffiths (50) put on 75 for the ninth wicket to leave the hosts sweating.
Tigg’s team held their nerve, however, as Connor Whetstone dismissed former Hornchurch all-rounder Osborne before Nicky Ison (3-27) bowled a fine last over.
An unbeaten 77 from Alan Ison had laid the foundations for Upminster’s victory with James Evans hitting 48 at the top of the order too.
Shahbaz Butt scored a quick-fire 58 before Nicky Ison joined his younger brother in the middle and crunched 32 off 25 balls.
It enabled Upminster to post an ultra-competitive 257 to win and four wickets from skipper Tigg (4-44) helped hold Brentwood back in their chase.
And despite a tight ending, it was the recently promoted side who remained cool and progressed into the second round of the cup.
Tigg added: “It was a great performance by the team and we had a lot of good individual displays throughout.
“James at the top helped lay the foundations for the likes of Alan and ‘Shabs’ to take the score on and then Nicky played a key role at the end.”
Alan Ison’s unbeaten 77 maintained his excellent start to the new campaign after hitting 28 not out in the National Cup against Enfield on April 23.
Factor in the century the former Upminster skipper scored the day before in a friendly with Epsom, and it has been a great first month of the season.
“Hopefully without the captaincy, it will free Alan up to enjoy his cricket even more,” said Tigg.
“I am not saying the captaincy isn’t enjoyable, but a more relaxed Alan should see him get more runs.”