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Out of the Middle

PUBLISHED: 17:07 06 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:07 06 August 2013

Upminster's Paul Middlemiss

Upminster's Paul Middlemiss

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With just five weeks of the season to go, every game is pretty important from now until September 7, and that applies to all our sides this season I’d say.

It is always amazing how quickly the season goes by and I can’t believe there are only five weeks remaining.

We have been lucky with the weather this year, with only one game abandoned for most teams, but even with that, the weeks appear to have rushed by.

Three of our teams are competing at the right end of the table at the moment and three are fighting to preserve their status, so there is lots still to play for.

Although they have one “all-day” game to go, against Brentwood this week, I think the 1st XI will be glad to get back to 50 overs a side games next weekend.

They started the season brilliantly while playing that format, but have found the last few games a bit of a struggle in the longer format.

It is hard to know exactly what is needed for safety at this stage, but I would estimate that two wins may well see the boys home, and three almost certainly will.

The other two sides with some work to do to avoid the drop are the 4th and 6th XIs.

It has been a long season for both of these teams, but they have not been cut adrift and there is still a lot to play for.

If they can pick up a couple of wins each over the last five weeks then they may yet be ok.

The 2nd and 5th XIs are pushing for promotion and although neither won last week, they both picked up 11 points which pushes

them a bit nearer the line.

Availability looks pretty good this week, and for most of the rest of the season, so there are no excuses for anyone now.

It is the time of the year when people need to stand up and be counted.

It is very easy if you have had a poor season to blame the wickets, blame the weather, blame the captains tactics or any other number of things. But over 18 games everyone has the chance to prove themselves and play their part for their team, so with a lot to play for in the last few weeks now is the time for people to help their sides and produce some match winning contributions.

Of course, the only team without to much to play for is the 3rd XI, captained by myself!!!

That hasn’t stopped us pushing on over the last few weeks and we have won our last three games to consolidate third place.

On Saturday we put in an excellent team performance to beat leaders Wanstead (for the second time this year) in a thrilling game.

The three under-15s in our side all played their part in the win and although we are a fair way behind Wanstead, and second placed Ilford, we want to finish as high as possible and set the right example to the young lads in the side.

This time of year also means that our Annual Benefit Match with Essex is nearly upon us, so I must plug the game which is on Sunday September 1. Programmes for the match, priced at £2.50, are available from several businesses in the Upminster area, and full details on the game can be found on the club’s website!!!


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