Ison hopeful Upminster will get on a roll once they are off the mark

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 June 2018

Upminster claim the wicket of Sam O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster claim the wicket of Sam O'Sullivan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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It has been a tough few weeks for the recently relegated side, but performances have been improving this month

Nicky Ison is remaining positive despite Upminster sitting bottom of the Essex League Division One table after six matches to date, writes George Sessions.

After relegation from the Premier in 2017, the new boys have not yet adjusted to life in the second tier, but have been producing better performances in recent weeks.

Upminster have passed 200 in each of their last three fixtures and despite suffering back-to-back defeats during the last couple of weekends, they have faced the top two in that time.

Ison said: “After facing second in the table Colchester and then the leaders Hutton in the last two Saturdays, we’re looking forward to playing some of the teams around us now.

“We know the next six weeks are crucial and hopefully we can get the important first win this weekend against Buckhurst Hill and kick on from there.”

Even though Upminster are at the basement of the table, they are only 39 points off fourth in the standings Belhus.

Captain Ison knows if they can get off the mark on Saturday at home to Buckhurst Hill, they can get on a roll and is well aware of what type of team they will face.

He added: “We’re only two wins away from being in a decent position, so we know we just need that first win.

“I’m hoping we can get it on Saturday and get going, but we know Buckhurst Hill are a decent side with a good overseas.

“We actually played them in the Sunday League earlier this month and beat them, so fingers crossed we can do the same again.”

Although Upminster lost away to Hutton on Saturday, there were some positives to come out of the six-wicket loss.

Teenager Kiran Kullar scored his first fifty for the first-team as he made 53 off 98 balls and Louis Pickering (43) and Shahbaz Butt (37) were in the runs again.

A total of 226 was not enough to beat Hutton though, as former Upminster ace Julian Whetstone hit 54 and Vivian Paver struck 104 not out to see their team home.

But Ison added: “Kiran scored his first fifty for the first-team, so that was good after he had got quite a few starts in recent weeks.

“Hutton bowled really well at him, but he stuck at it and come through and did exactly what we needed from him.

“When he learns how to really go through the gears he is going to be some player, but he did really well for us on Saturday.”

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