Upminster beat Brentwood in Essex League Cup thriller
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 May 2017
Ison brothers impress with bat and ball
Upminster claimed a thrilling nine-run win over local rivals Brentwood in the first round of the Essex League Cup to set up a trip to Old Brentwoods next weekend.
Captain Matt Tigg chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Julian Whetstone (20) put on 67 with James Evans for the first wicket before offeringn a return catch to Charlie Griffiths.
Evans fell to Ian Belchamber three runs short of a half-century after hitting a six and four fours in an 80-ball innings to make it 81-2, with newcomer Alex Kirkpatrick run out cheaply soon after.
Shahbaz Butt hit a six and eight fours in his 58 from 54 balls, before he was bowled by former Essex staffer Tom Moore, but Harry Jenkins fell cheaply, trapped lbw by Tom Oakley.
Brothers Alan and Nick Ison shared an unbroken 76 for the sixth wicket, though, to see Upminster reach 256-5, with former captain Alan hitting three sixes and five fours in his 77 from 72 balls, while Nick added a maximum and two fours in his 32 off 25 deliveries.
Tigg then made an early breakthrough with the ball to dismiss Guy Balmford with only a single on the scoreboard and added the scalp of opposite number Aaron West and Oakley to leave Brentwood 36-3.
Whetstone bowled Moore with the score on 44 to put Upminster firmly in control, but Will Buttleman and James Redwood shared 77 for the fifth wicket.
Buttleman made a watchful 27 from 74 balls before he was bowled by Nick Ison, who also accounted for Redwood after he hit two sixes and nine fours in his 64-ball 73.
John Curtis also got in on the act with a wicket and Tigg (4-44) struck again to reduce the visitors to 163-8, before Max Osborne and Griffiths rallied.
The ninth-wicket duo put on 75, before Connor Whetstone had Osborne stumped by Butt for 31 with 19 runs still needed.
Griffiths hit three sixes and four fours to reach his half-century, but was then dismissed by Nick Ison (3-27) as Upminster clinched victory with two balls to spare.