The Gold Standard
PUBLISHED: 08:39 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:39 19 May 2015
Blogger Nick Ison looks at Upminster's chances this season
Team: Upminster 4th XI
Last Season: Narrowly avoided relegation on the final day.
2015 Prediction: Another tough year is expected for Billy Wright’s team. Their bowling should carry them and yield a few wins with Wright and Govani the mainstay of the attack.
Steve Limn will think of a few more excuses of why he got out. One excuse won’t be his Golden Gate Bridge-sized gap in his forward defence.
Key Player: He may bowl like a horse with three legs, but Billy Wright will be man to lead the attack.
Young Star: Stephen Mulhern look-alike Matt Peters is a promising left-arm seamer.
Sponge Power odds: Karim Govani to visit a Gentleman’s Club after taking a 5-wicket haul - Evens.
Team: Upminster 5th XI
Last Season: 8th.
2015 Prediction: Another tough season ahead for what will be a very youthful side.
Alex Bottoms takes over the captaincy fresh from working a ski season, but will spend most of the summer looking like he is batting with a ski.
The poor youngsters will need some ear-plugs by June after spending their Saturday afternoons listening to the foghorn of a captain.
Key Player: Kevin Roome will be chasing more wickets to add to his PlayCricket stats.
Young Star: Kiran Kullar is a very talented player. He can solidify a brittle top order.
Sponge Power odds: Alex Bottoms to get bowled by a girl (again) - 5/4.
Team: Upminster 6th XI
Last Season: Relegated.
2015 Prediction: Now in a league to match their standard, the 6th XI should have more positive results.
If the 6th XI wins any game, the selection committee will be treated to a 30-minute ball-by-ball match report from Paul Scott.
Key Player: Paul Scott will open the batting and bowl 15 overs a game. Will eventually get some runs.
Young Star: After showing up all the adults at fitness training, 12-year-old Sam Twine is an encouraging player.
Sponge Power odds: A 6th XI batsman getting a league 50 - 5/1.