Pair come back to assist Upminster

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 July 2015

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

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

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Alan Ison returns alongside Harry Jenkins to boost survival battle

Upminster captain John Curtis expects a difficult clash with derby rivals Hornchurch in Essex League Division One tomorrow (Saturday), but hopes two returning players can help them deliver a much improved performance.

The league strugglers lost by seven wickets to Woodford Wells last weekend after being dismissed for 141.

But Curtis is hoping for better against leaders Hornchurch, even if he knows they will provide a stern test.

“Alan Ison and Harry Jenkins, after rolling his ankle, are back this week and they are probably our best two batsman, so that’s good,” said Curtis.

“Hornchurch lost to Hadleigh last week, which was a bit of a freak result to be honest. It has put a bit of a gap between ourselves and Hadleigh, but if they can beat them, we have got a chance.

“It will be difficult, no doubt about it. Hornchurch are top and have only lost once all season in the league, but if we can get a score on the board funny things can happen when the pressure is on.

“The problem for us is we don’t seem to be able to set a total or chase one at the moment and that is to do with confidence, but hopefully that will improve this weekend.”

Upminster were missing various key players against Wells in a disappointing loss.

Only Shafiq Rahman (38) and Nick O’Dell (37) were able to make significant scores as they were dismissed cheaply.

And, although Curtis took 2-44 in reply, Wells knocked off the runs without too much alarm.

“Maurice Chambers played for them and he has been missing a bit lately, but he bowled quick, really quick,” added the Upminster captain.

“That is probably the fastest bowling I have seen this season and our opener nicked off to him first ball and that set the tone really.

“We lost three or four wickets early before Nick and Shafiq came together and steadied the ship. We got to the break just four down, but as soon as they went we lose another cluster of wickets.

“I think we bowled alright to be fair, but with 140 on the board there is not a lot you can do.”

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