Essex League Premier Division: Upminster captain Matt Tigg expects squad to learn from difficult 2017 season
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 September 2017
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Defeat to Wanstead last weekend confirmed the 2016 Division One champions’ place in the second tier for next year
Upminster captain Matt Tigg hopes his team can learn a lot from their Essex League Premier Division campaign after relegation was confirmed last weekend.
A 74-run defeat at home to Wanstead was the final nail in the coffin for a side, which has struggled since the middle of July.
Even though Upminster have defeated the likes of Brentwood and Chelmsford in 2017, they have lacked consistency.
Tigg said: “It has been a disappointing campaign and it has showed that getting into the Premier Division you need to prepare better and put more of an importance on training.
“Hopefully we can learn from this and take that into Division One where we have historically done well.
“We have been a bit of a yo-yo team, so I would like us to bounce back next year and get success and be ready for the next time we go up.”
It always looked a tough ask for Upminster on Saturday, as they hosted Wanstead, who are chasing another league title.
John Curtis (2-52) got his team off to a great start, but Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal helped steady the ship with 91.
Adnan Akram struck 58 from number seven, as Wanstead managed to declare on 245-7 from 52.4 overs.
Julian Whetstone picked up 3-74 to highlight his continued improvement with the ball during the 2017 campaign.
“He has consistently got better with the ball this season and John is an ever-present and always good,” said Tigg.
“On Saturday ‘Jules’ bowled more than he normally does and I was really impressed with him, but Joe batted brilliantly for them and didn’t give us a chance.
“Adnan did very well and even though we felt like we could chase it down, our batting let us down again.”
Upminster made a dreadful start to their chase and quickly found themselves on the verge of a big defeat, as they fell to 65-7.
Alan Ison and Farid Butt joined forces, however, and got the home team past three figures against Wanstead.
Butt went five short of his half century following an impressive 25-ball innings, which including six fours and two sixes.
And Ison fell soon after for an excellent 47 before Upminster were dismissed for 171 inside the 39th over.
Tigg added: “Alan really stuck at it this week and it was good to watch. Farid did very well too and he played his shots.
“Unfortunately our batting has let us down on a number of occasions this year and it did again.
“What we need to be better at is getting into a position where we can dig in for a draw or set ourselves up to win because we haven’t done that enough.”
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