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Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg hails Upminster young guns Louis Pickering and Julian Whetstone

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 May 2017

Upminster's Louis Pickering and captain Matt Tigg (pic Kevin Roome)

Upminster's Louis Pickering and captain Matt Tigg (pic Kevin Roome)

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Louis Pickering and Julian Whetstone produced key performances to help them see off Old Brentwoods last weekend

Upminster's Julian Whetstone (pic Kevin Roome)Upminster's Julian Whetstone (pic Kevin Roome)

Upminster captain Matt Tigg praised the contribution of young duo Louis Pickering and Julian Whetstone after their 81-run victory over Old Brentwoods in the second round of the Essex League Cup on Saturday.

Shahbaz Butt top scored with 75, but was ably supported by Pickering (59) as the away side reached 260 before being dismissed off the final ball of their innings.

Whetstone’s 3-11 in the field, from seven overs, then helped Upminster dismiss the hosts for 179 to continue their excellent early season form.

“I was very pleased with Saturday’s win and especially to see the team give their best effort,” said Tigg.

“We had a difficult start with the bat, which we haven’t had previously this year, so it was nice to see the team react well.

“Three of the top four didn’t get many runs, so it put pressure on our middle order and the likes of young Louis stepped up.”

Upminster were reduced to 21-3 after Frankie Hazle and Harry Jenkins went for ducks and Whetstone had scored just two.

Alan Ison (26) and Butt (75) helped rebuild the visitors inning, but both went quickly to leave the top-flight outfit on 114-5.

Pickering kept his cool, however, and most of the lower order added vital runs too with Tigg scoring 37.

It was enough to ensure Upminster reached a more than competitive total, which proved far too many runs for Old Brentwoods.

Tigg added: “I think if you asked Shahbaz about the knock he would tell you it wasn’t his best innings.

“But we needed somebody to stay there and he did and if any of your top four get over 50 they deserve praise, so he did well.

“It was a really important innings from Louis and it was great to see him bat with so much maturity.

“He took his time to get in before playing the expansive and aggressive shots we know he can hit.”

Upminster’s captain and Shafiq Rahman (20*) managed to have some fun at the end of the innings as well.

Rahman has opened the batting in previous seasons while Tigg has batted higher than nine before.

“I am sure Shafiq is not a happy bunny to be coming in at 10 and I would like to be much higher,” said Upminster’s skipper.

“But it shows our strength in that department to have somebody who has opened for us in the past now down at 10.

“John (Curtis) did well on Saturday as well and didn’t hang about and it shows how we bat all the way down the order.”

After setting Old Brentwoods 261 to win, Upminster remained patient in the field and eventually got their reward.

Whetstone caught the eye while Nicky Ison again impressed at the end of the innings with figures of 2-23.

Tigg also led from the front with 3-29 from his 10 overs, as the hosts were dismissed for 179.

“Julian produced really good figures and he has really taken on board what we have been telling him,” said Tigg.

“He needs to keep it tight because he doesn’t have the pace of some of our other seamers, but will pick up wickets if he tires batsman out. On Saturday he did exactly that and he did really well.”

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