Essex League Premier Division: Upminster captain Matt Tigg targets T20 triumph as catalyst for strong finish to season
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 July 2017
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Upminster club will look to create history on Sunday and win the Essex T20 Cup for the first time
Upminster captain Matt Tigg is hoping success in finals day of the Essex T20 Cup on Sunday may act as a springboard to a strong second half of the season.
The 2016 Essex League Division One champions are bottom of the table with 59 points from nine games so far.
Tigg’s team are 24 points from safety and host Chingford tomorrow (Saturday), which is a game they are desperate to win.
After the big Premier Division encounter, Upminster will travel to Billericay on Sunday for T20 finals day and will dream of beating local rivals Hornchurch in the semi-final and then seeing off Brentwood or Wanstead in the final to be played later in the day.
“I don’t think we have ever won it before, but we have reached the finals a couple of times and fell short,” said Tigg.
“We have done well to reach that stage so many times, so I am hoping this can be the year we win it.
“Hopefully we perform well and it can give us more confidence when it comes to the league, especially for the young players.”
The focus right now is on Chingford and they will visit Upminster Park in good form after beating leaders Wanstead last weekend.
Essex bowler Jamie Porter gave them a helping hand, top scoring with 57 and picking up 3-21, as the Herons lost by 32 runs.
Porter is unlikely to face Upminster, but Tigg knows what is required from his team to claim a much-needed victory.
He added: “Chingford have some good players and are very strong, but so are we and we just need to gel.
“Hopefully it can all start coming together for us and we can get on a roll, but I do think the individual battles are important and we need to win them on Saturday.”
Once the Premier Division match is over, the excitement can start to build for Sunday and a chance for Upminster to try and make history.
After losing to local rivals Hornchurch last weekend, Tigg would love revenge against them in the semi-finals of the T20 Cup.
“Hopefully we can get a better result on Sunday than we did last weekend,” said the Upminster skipper.
“The T20 stuff is always fun and it is a little bit more relaxed compared to Saturday games. We know we have good, attacking players with both bat and ball, so we are looking forward to it.”