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Ison leads way for Upminster

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 May 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

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Billericay get better of Harold Wood

Shahbaz Khan in batting action for Harold Wood against Billericay (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Shahbaz Khan in batting action for Harold Wood against Billericay (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster captain Alan Ison shone with bat and ball to help his side to a six-wicket win over Hadleigh in Essex League Division One.

Having suffered a 10-run loss at Orsett on the opening day of the season, Ison lost the toss and saw opposite number Adam Soilleux choose to bat.

But after tight opening spells from new-ball duo John Curtis and Will Chuter, Ison made the breakthrough with three quick wickets to leave Hadleigh 44-3.

Slow left-armer Matt Tigg trapped Soilleiux leg before with the total on 53, before a brief middle-order rally.

Chris Bennett of Harold Wood is bowled out by Billericay's Ross Poulton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Chris Bennett of Harold Wood is bowled out by Billericay's Ross Poulton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

And Tigg then struck four more times to leave Hadleigh 111-8, finishing with 5-58, before Ison (4-49) picked up his fourth wicket of the innings.

The home side’s last-wicket pair put on an unbroken 50-run stand, though, to lift the total to 171-9 and Upminster lost Shahbaz Butt cheaply in reply.

Frank Hazle followed with the score on 36, before Ison put on 47 with Shafiq Rahman (27).

Harry Jenkins (28) helped add 68 for the fourth wicket, with Ison unbeaten on 90, from just 83 balls, after hitting five sixes and eight fours as his side clinched victory in the 40th over.

Billericay players celebrate a wicket against Harold Wood (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Billericay players celebrate a wicket against Harold Wood (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Billericay got the better of Harold Wood to claim their second successive win since promotion.

Put into bat, the home side lost captain Richard Brabner and opening partner Raihan Hussain cheaply, with Craig Perrin following soon after to leave them 28-3.

Adam Marchant (2-37) and Andrew Smith (2-24) had the early success with the ball for Billericay, but Craig Sampson and Shahbaz Khan put on 59 for the fifth wicket in quick time.

Sampson fell for 43, from 44 balls, after hitting two sixes and six fours, but Chris Bennett scored a run-a-ball 21 to support Khan, who was eventually out for 59.

Wood lost three wickets for just one run to find themselves 171-8, as Ross Poulton (3-62) hit back with the ball, and eventually closed on 194-8.

Brabner broke through with the ball for Wood, but Paul Martin (53), Lee Knight (32), Christopher Tait (20) and David Houghton (43) kept Billericay on track.

Umar Farooq (4-50) gave Wood some hope as the visitors slipped to 170-5, but Poulton (23 not out) kept his nerve to secure a four-wicket win in the 45th over.

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