Nicky Ison excels for Upminster’s second team, while several other sides claim success

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 August 2017

Nicky Ison is all smiles for Upminster (pic: Upminster CC).

Nicky Ison is all smiles for Upminster (pic: Upminster CC).


A mixed weekend for the local club with the third-team losing in dramatic circumstances at Coopers Coborn School

Upminster’s first team suffered a frustrating Essex League Premier Division loss to relegation rivals Southend last weekend, but most of the club’s other sides won.

The seconds were able to defeat their Ilford counterparts as Nicky Ison impressed with both bat and ball.

Ison struck 30 off 57 balls to top score with Jack O’Dowd also hitting an important 21 not out, as Upminster made 165 before being dismissed.

The low total proved enough with a solid team bowling effort helping the seconds bowl out their rivals for 135.

Andrew Berry (2-15), Ison (3-36), Billy Wright (2-22) and Tom Billinghurst (2-43) all played vital roles in the victory.

Upminster’s third-team lost a thriller with Brentwood – losing by three wickets with only seven balls to spare.

Half-centuries from Nikhil Mayor (59) and Peter Thompson (56) helped Rob White’s side score 171-6 from their 45 overs.

It seemed like being enough to earn a victory until Paul Degg smashed a quick-fire 56 for the visitors at Coopers Coborn School.

Although Mark Schofield (2-36) saw the back of Degg, Brentwood got over the line in dramatic circumstances.

The fourth-team produced a professional display to beat Walthamstow thirds with Nathan Bright taking 3-25.

Karim Govani’s 2-11 also helped Upminster dismiss the hosts for 116 and away wicket-keeper Steve Limn hit 50 at the top of the order.

After Limn was caught, Paul Stratton (26*) and Rob Bannister (17*) got the visitors over the line with five wickets in hand.

Upminster’s fifth team claimed a victory with a strong showing away to Wanstead sixths.

Kevin Roome caught the eye with 3-17 while Oliver Woods (2-12) and Samuel Twine (2-12) did well.

It restricted the Herons to 112-9 and Upminster won by four wickets with Michael Larke (28) top scoring.

The sixth team didn’t enjoy such a good day, as their excellent form came to an ended at home to Brentwood.

Don Triggs picked up 3-41 and Will Frost claimed 2-5 off his 2.1 overs, but the away side scored 214 all out.

Only Matthew Bright offered any type of resistance in reply as he finished unbeaten on 21 with Upminster dismissed for 76.

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