Essex League Premier Division: Upminster captain Matt Tigg calls for improvement after Ilford defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 May 2017

Upminster captain Matt Tigg (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Upminster captain Matt Tigg (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Skipper pleased with T20 win over Chingford on Sunday, but disappointed with several aspects of loss at Valentines Park

Ashar Zaidi of Ilford during Ilford smashes a ball to the boundary against Upminster (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Ashar Zaidi of Ilford during Ilford smashes a ball to the boundary against Upminster (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Upminster captain Matt Tigg is well aware his team need to improve after losing by 119 runs at Ilford on Saturday in the Essex League Premier Division.

The hosts scored 196-4 from 55 overs at Valentines Park, but a downpour during the match made the wicket hard to play on.

Upminster’s batters felt the full force, as they struggled and were eventually dismissed for 77 with Essex’s Ashar Zaidi taking 5-36.

Zaidi scored 90 runs with the bat as well, but Tigg felt it was his bowling which did the main damage.

He said: “Zaidi did well with the ball, but with regard to his batting, we were pretty disappointed as we dropped him a couple of time.

“We dropped him when he was on 50 twice in two overs, so that was obviously very disappointing from our point of view.

“I am not sure it would have changed much in the context of the game, but it shows there are areas for us to improve.”

Tigg picked up 3-59 from 17 overs and John Curtis bowled tightly to concede only 30 runs from his 14 overs.

Upminster's John Curtis in bowling action at Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Upminster's John Curtis in bowling action at Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

But Ilford’s 196 proved far too much for Upminster in the end and only James Evans (15) and Shafiq Rahman (26) reached double figures.

Number seven Harry Jenkins stuck around for 49 balls during his eight, but Zaidi and Theeban Tavarasa (5-31) ripped through the visitors’ line-up.

“Only Shafiq and Harry batted for a long time, but both deserve credit for that,” said skipper Tigg.

“Harry held up one end for a while and although he didn’t get many runs, he did really well.

“Credit to him and it was just a shame nobody else could stick around, so we all know we have to be better.”

Upminster did manage to celebrate a victory on Sunday, however, as they started their South West Group A Essex T20 Cup campaign.

Tigg’s team played twice at home and beat Chingford first up, but lost their second match to Wanstead.

Shahbaz Butt struck 43 and Oliver Peck hit an unbeaten 25, as Upminster posted 147-6 from their 20 overs against Chingford.

The away side were dismissed for 89 in reply after only fielding 10 players, as fifth-team bowler Scott Fisher claimed 3-22.

“I was actually happy to get a win at the weekend because we were playing against three strong sides,” said Tigg.

“We were missing a few players for the T20 games, so we got a few in from the club and they all did well, so it was pleasing.”

Premier Division champions Wanstead proved too strong, however, during the second match played on Sunday.

Opener Louis Pickering crunched 44 off 42 balls and Frankie Hazle’s 36 helped Upminster make 138-8.

Curtis bowled superbly first up, taking 2-13 and Pickering (1-14) backed him up well, but Wanstead won by five wickets with two overs to spare.

Tigg added: “We were 20 runs short of a decent total. We got close to 150 in the first match and if we had done that in the second then we might have won.

“John and Louis bowled really well with the new ball, but not enough of the other bowlers could back them up.”

Upminster have two points after two games in South West Group A and play their third game at Buckhurst Hill this Sunday.

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