Essex League Premier Division: Upminster captain Matt Tigg eyes repeat result over Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 May 2017

Matt Tigg of Upminster takes an Ilford wicket and celebrates at Valentines Park (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Matt Tigg of Upminster takes an Ilford wicket and celebrates at Valentines Park (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Former skipper Alan Ison should be back for Upminster on Saturday as they seek first league success of 2017

Matt Tigg wants Upminster to draw on the positives from their encounter with Brentwood last month ahead of hosting their local rivals in the Essex League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday, 11am).

Upminster beat their old foes by nine runs in the first round of the Essex League Cup on April 29 and Tigg would love a repeat this weekend, but knows last season’s runners-up will provide another tough test.

He said: “All the games we play this year are going to be difficult, but it is a challenge we are all looking forward to.

“We beat Brentwood earlier in the season and showed a lot of our skills in that match, we just need to do it more consistently.”

Upminster suffered a heavy defeat to Ilford at Valentines Park last weekend with the poor weather not doing them any favours.

Tigg’s team were dismissed for just 77 after restricting the hosts to 196-4, having scored just 110 at Chingford a week earlier.

But after scoring 256-5 off 50 overs against Brentwood in April, they know they can compete and Tigg added: “When we played Brentwood last time we batted really well and although they got close, we bowled strongly at the death.

“It does show when it clicks for us in all aspects of the game we can be a match for anybody in this division.”

Previous captain Alan Ison is set to return after missing the defeats at Ilford and Chingford, having scored two half-centuries in cup ties already this season.

Tigg added: “Alan should be back. Unforeseen circumstances saw him miss last weekend, so we wish him the best with all he is doing right now.

“If he is available it will give us a big boost and be a positive because he is a classy player and brings a different dimension to our batting line-up.”

Upminster are also in action on Sunday as they play their third match in South West Group A of the Essex T20 Cup.

Last weekend Tigg’s side defeated Chingford on home soil, but were edged out by Wanstead on the same afternoon.

This Sunday they will travel to face Buckhurst Hill, with Tigg adding: “I believe it is the top two who progress into the knock-out stage.

“We should have a good team for this weekend. The T20 competition is a lot more fun and enjoyable to play in compared to Saturdays, but we want to do well in it.”

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