Essex League Premier Division: Upminster captain Matt Tigg targets second win over Brentwood rivals
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 May 2017
After beating Brentwood last weekend, Tigg’s talented team will look to knock out Old Brentwoods on Saturday
Upminster captain Matt Tigg is keen for his side to continue their strong start to the season with a win at Old Brentwoods in the second round of the Essex League Cup tomorrow (Saturday).
Tigg’s team defeated Premier Division rivals Brentwood last weekend by nine runs and progressed in the National Cup in April.
One of the key reasons behind Upminster’s encouraging form is a good start to 2017 for their batsmen.
“We are certainly not underestimating anybody and it is an important year, so we are keen to keep this run going,” said Tigg.
“I am sure Old Brentwoods will have some good players, so we just need to match them on Saturday.
“Our batting has been really good so far this season and that is so important, so I am looking for that to continue.”
A real team display last Saturday helped Upminster produce an eye-catching result in the Essex League Cup.
Batting first against Brentwood, James Evans (47) and Shahbaz Butt (58) laid some early foundations, which allowed Alan Ison to come in and crunch an unbeaten 77.
He was well supported by older brother Nicky Ison who ended 32 not out to set the visitors 257 to win.
Upminster’s captain bravely opened the bowling and it paid off, as he finished with 4-44 from his 10 overs.
Although Brentwood mounted a late fightback, three wickets for Nicky Ison ensured the home side claimed a nine-run success.
Tigg added: “The ball is coming out quite nice at the moment, so I am pleased with that and it does make the captaincy easier when you are doing well yourself.
“I don’t get much of a chance to open the bowling, so it was good to do that and it was down to the runs our batsmen got.”
The form of Upminster’s Ison brothers has helped them begin 2017 with two solid wins in different cup competitions.
Alan Ison has been a regular in the first-team and captained the club to promotion last year before handing over the role to Tigg.
But Nicky Ison has been a regular with the twos before stepping up ahead of the new campaign having relinquished the second-team captaincy.
Tigg is delighted to have the brothers available at his disposal, adding: “One of the reasons Nicky has stepped down as twos captain is to try and push into the first-team.
“He’s always been in and around the ones, but we have had a lot of spin options like myself, Shafiq (Rahman) and Connor (Whetstone), but you factor in his batting and he is a fantastic player to have coming in at six or seven and bowling at the death.”