Ton-up Butt helps Upminster seconds draw positives
PUBLISHED: 16:04 17 May 2017
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Honours evens in derby clash with Shenfield
Upminster 2nd XI had the better of a draw with Shenfield at Upminster Park after a wonderful century from Farid Butt (118) and useful contributions from Terry Wyatt and Nathan Woods helped them reach 243-9.
Max Carter-Miller (2-59) impressed with the ball early in the Shenfield reply, but despite three wickets from skipper Ollie Peck (3-31), the visitors were able to play out for the draw at 159-7.
Upminster’s first league winners of the season were the 3rd XI who beat Hutton by five wickets at the Polo Ground.
The four-man attack of Oliver White (2-43), Robert White (2-30), Mark D’Cruz (2-37) and Muhammad nd Soomro (2-29) were backed up by an excellent fielding display as Hutton were restricted to 140-9.
Paul Middlemiss (41), Rob Waghorn (32) and Steve Limn (2-26) then all made useful contributions as Upminster cruised to victory.
The 4th XI were also winners as they overcame Orsett and Thurrock, having looked in trouble at 84-5.
Anthony Limn (59) and youngster Ellis Pickering (27) led the fightback as the home side were able to make 177.
And the evergreen Karim Govani then took over as his 5-23 helped dismiss the visitors for 125.
Present and past captains combined with the bat for the 5th XI as they eased past Loughton at Campion.
Last year’s skipper Alex Bottoms made 43 and current skipper Scott Fisher made 71 as Upminster reached 206 in just 33 overs.
Fisther then picked up three wickets as Loughton were bowled out for 149.
There was an opening-day defeat but promising performance for Ray Calder’s 6th XI, as George Sadek hit 52 in their 233-7, before Walthamstow got home by three wickets with plenty of time to spare.
Upminster’s first team went out of the National Cup on Sunday despite a gutsy performance at Wanstead.
Shaffiq Rahman (4-35) was the pick of the bowlers as the reigning Premier Division champions made 239-5 and Alan Ison then made an excellent 69 but the visitors closed on 204-9.
Goresbrook proved too strong for the Sunday League side at Upminster Park, making 248-4 from their 40 overs, with Rob White picking up two wickets. Upminster were never in the chase but youngster Kiran Kullar played a superb innings, batting through the 40 overs to make a brilliant 80 not out and ensure Upminster picked up two batting points.
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