Peck’s happy Upminster are back in control of their own destiny after winning streak
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 August 2018
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After struggling during the first half of the season, Upminster have now won five times in a row
Upminster captain Ollie Peck is pleased his team are closer to the top two than the relegation zone in the Essex League Division One, but is not getting carried away just yet.
Five consecutive wins has taken the strugglers from the basement up to fifth in the table and they are now 46 points above Hainault & Clayhall, who occupy the final position in the bottom two.
Looking at the other end of the standings, Upminster are only 40 points behind Buckhurst Hill, in second place, and visit them in two weeks time.
First up is a home fixture with leaders Hutton on Saturday and Peck knows his side cannot start dreaming of promotion just yet, especially with the format change from 50-over to all-day cricket.
He said: “We are moving to the timed-over games now and two 25-point wins or heavy defeats could see us dragged in at either end of the table and our next two games are with Hutton (Saturday) and then Buckhurst Hill.
“They are the current top two, so if we suddenly have two bad performances where we don’t end up with many points and the other sides near the bottom pick up 25, we could find ourselves just above the relegation zone with only two fixtures left.”
As things stand, Upminster are in a healthy position and that is because of a sensational run of form over the last five weeks.
Before defeating Harold Wood on July 14, the former Premier Division club had only claimed a single league victory this year.
Since the away win at Wood, Upminster have triumphed four more times with the latest success their best of the campaign.
After restricting Colchester and East Essex to 235-7 off 50 overs, with Ejaz Khan (2-21) and John Curis (1-29) in top form, the away side knocked off the runs with three overs left.
Shahbaz Butt struck 100 not out to make it five wins in a row for Upminster and opener Farid Butt hit a breezy 59 off 35 balls as well.
Confidence is sky-high amongst the group, but Peck insisted he is still not thinking about promotion too much.
The skipper admitted: “If we continue to play the way we have been and get a couple of big wins you never know.
“But I’ll be honest, promotion is not something we are looking at really. We won on Saturday to make it five in a row, so if we can make it six then it would be great and then other teams results will dictate where we end up.”