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Essex League Premier Division: Matt Tigg hoping Upminster can make it three out of three against old foes Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 July 2017

Matt Tigg and the rest of the Upminster first-team watch the fourth-team play Gidea Park at Coopers Coborn (pic: Kevin Roome).

Matt Tigg and the rest of the Upminster first-team watch the fourth-team play Gidea Park at Coopers Coborn (pic: Kevin Roome).

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An Upminster fourth-team player is bowled before their game with Gidea Park is abandoned (pic: Kevin Roome).An Upminster fourth-team player is bowled before their game with Gidea Park is abandoned (pic: Kevin Roome).

Upminster captain Matt Tigg is expecting a difficult match with Brentwood in the Essex League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday), but is hoping they can claim a third win in 2017 over their rivals.

Tigg’s side were victorious in the previous league meeting back on May 27 and also saw off their old foes in the Essex League Cup at the beginning of the season.

Despite those successes, Upminster are in the bottom two and looking to move away from the relegation zone by winning at Brentwood this weekend.

“We know it will be tough, but we will look to keep up our good form against them,” said Tigg.

“They have some top players and it will be difficult, like every game in this league is, but we are feeling confident.

“Hopefully we can make the most of the mental side of things where we have already won twice against them and get another good result this weekend.”

Upminster’s first-team players were left kicking their heels last Saturday, as their home match with Ilford was abandoned.

Tigg and other members of the squad headed over to Coopers Coborn to watch the fourth XI in action, before their fixture was also hit by the weather.

After going into the Ilford clash with momentum, Upminster’s skipper was disappointed to see the rain ruin their hopes of earning another victory.

Tigg said: “It is difficult because you expect the game to be off, but you have to wait around and then everyone gets frustrated.

“We were really up for it though and had a strong team out and we obviously went into it with confidence after the two wins the weekend before.

“It was a shame it was off, but we are looking forward to facing Brentwood on Saturday now.”

Shahbaz Butt has shone with the bat in Upminster’s two wins over their rivals this season, hitting 58 in the League Cup in April and an unbeaten 102 in the Premier Division in May.

Tigg knows if his team can deliver with the bat, they’ll have a great chance of winning a third consecutive match against their old foes.

He added: “We know if we bat well then the bowling will normally follow and vice versa, which is what happened last time in the league.

“We bowled really well first up and then batted brilliantly, so hopefully we do that again and everyone can execute their jobs.”

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