Ton-up Schofield stars for Upminster thirds
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 July 2017
Maiden century sets up success at Harlow
It was a day to remember for Upminster stalwart Mark Schofield starred with both bat and ball as the third team picked up a seven-wicket win at Harlow.
Schofield picked up six wickets with the ball and was part of an excellent bowling and fielding display which restricted the hosts to
192 all out.
Along with Nikhil Major (40), Schofield (102 not out) excelled with the bat and passed the century mark just before skipper Rob White helped see them over the line for a comfortable win.
Youngster Jake Giddings was the leading light for the fourths in their 59-run win over their Harlow counterparts at Coopers Coborn School.
Steve Limm’s career best 88 got the hosts off to a positive start, before the 15-year-old Giddings came in and hit an unbeaten 112 from just 85 balls as Upminster posted 262-4 from their 45 overs.
Despite Harlow getting off to a good start in the reply, Tom Larke picked up four wickets to help restrict the visitors to just 202-9 from their overs and help Upminster to a big win.
Victory was even more straightforward for the fifths, as a fine bowling effort saw Belhus fourths skittled for just 102.
Scott Fisher, Jamie Squance, Kevin Roome and Rohan Mayor were chief destroyers, picking up two wickets apiece.
Three early wickets fell in the reply to get the nerves going, but they made sure of a five-wicket victory thanks to an unbeaten 51 from Tom Daniels.
Youngsters Nathan Brown and Max Gordon were the heroes for the sixths as they produced a fine battling display to edge home by just one wicket at Chingford.
The hosts made 177-5 from their allotted overs and Upminster looked doomed when wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
Captain Ray Calder (42) kept them in the game, but it came down to Brown and Gordon, the last pair at the crease to seal the win.
The 13-year-old Brown entered the field with 45 runs still required for victory and the game went down to the wire, needing two runs off the final ball.
Brown got the ball down to fine leg and the pair scrambled through for two to secure the victory with Gordon ending on an unbeaten 32.
The firsts failed to taste victory though against league leaders Wanstead, losing by 134 runs despite Connor Whetstone’s 4-59 with the ball and Alan Ison’s bright 31 with the bat.
The seconds match was much tighter, but ultimately ended in a two- wicket loss in spite of 77 from Kiran Kullar.
The Sunday League side firsts overcome Buckhurst Hill to stay in contention for the end of season play offs, while the seconds fell to defeat at Woodford Green, as an unbeaten 88 from Matt Peters was all in vain.