Ison is excited to take Upminster captaincy

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 December 2015

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Experienced all-rounder names his vice-skipper and discusses hopes for 2016

Alan Ison is happy to have a new challenge after it was confirmed earlier this month that he would be Upminster’s captain for the 2016 campaign.

John Curtis stepped down after guiding them to a sixth place finish in Division One last season.

It was always expected Ison would take over the reins, but it was finalised at the clubs AGM.

The new skipper is thrilled and relishing the opportunity.

“I am happy to take over from John,” said Ison. “I wasn’t officially vice-captain last season, but I was involved a lot and to be honest that made me want to take it.

“It is a new challenge for me and I am pleased about that because I needed a new challenge for my cricket.

“I did think about being captain before, but last year I was living in London so it was a bit much to get back sometimes, especially if I had meetings at work.

“Now I am in Essex again so it is easier and everything has happened quite nicely for me.”

Ison confirmed Curtis will continue playing next year and believes he will play a vital role.

He is also excited about their talented youngsters, adding: “Upminster is a good club and we have a great youth set-up here so three or four of the 17-year-olds will be playing again next season.

“Will Chuter did really well last year so we want him to kick on.

“Frank Hazel will be batting at 3 and Louis Pickering is another that played a few games towards the end so it will be interesting to see how they get on again.”

Harry Jenkins will be Ison’s vice-captain and they are looking to finish higher up the table.

After playing almost every match last season, Upminster’s captain is hoping that will be the case again in 2016.

Ison added: “I feel fine fitness wise. I only missed two games last year and that was due to suspension, after an incident with an umpire, but I won’t be doing that again!

“We ended up sixth and if a few more games had gone our way we could have been fourth.

“My target is to be in the top four and safe with a few games to spare rather than being in a relegation battle again.

“It was tough for John, I think he said he used 28 players, so he did really well with what he had available. I think he did a fantastic job last season because it wasn’t easy.”

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