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Upminster captain Alan Ison pleased to return to form in exciting Essex League Division One clash with Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 August 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison (left) looks on from the boundary (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster captain Alan Ison (left) looks on from the boundary (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Division One champions suffered narrow one-wicket reverse at home but helped produce entertaining match of cricket

Alan Ison was happy to take part in an Essex League Division One thriller between his Upminster team and Woodford Wells on Saturday.

The two clubs produced an entertaining finale in the penultimate fixture of the 2016 campaign.

Upminster lost by one wicket to Wells after only managing 164 all out having been confirmed as Champions the previous weekend.

Although disappointed to be on the losing side, Ison was content overall after experimenting with some of his youngsters.

He said: “There was five or six overs left when Wells won, it was a fun game and we pushed a couple of chaps up the order.

“We wanted to see how they got on and it didn’t work out as we would have liked with all of them in the end.

“It was a shame we lost, but the people watching witnessed a really good game of cricket.

“They only needed six runs when they were eight down and then we got another wicket and it was dead silent.

“Obviously it was massive for Wells, they needed to win and it was a great match to be involved in.”

Ison won the toss and batted first, but Upminster lost three of their top four for a total of just four runs.

Frankie Hazle hit 36 and was supported well by Connor Whetstone (20) before some late fireworks from the skipper helped his team reach 164.

“It wasn’t the best of starts, we were always playing catch up after that point, but wanted to make a game of it,” said Ison.

“I wanted to give Louis a go up the order because he hasn’t had that many opportunities and Connor as well. He got a good twenty and was playing very well so it was a shame he got out went he did.”

Ison, coming in at nine, scored 59 down the order – his fifth half century of the season in all competitve competitions.

John Curtis only managed six alongside him, but stuck around for 30 balls and it was vital for Upminster.

“It was nice to get in and hit a few out of the middle of the bat. John stuck around with me and did well,” added Ison.

“Rory Ellison bowled excellently for Wells and the pitch was difficult, but it was good to get a few runs.”

One of the person Ison handed an opportunity too was Tom Billinghurst, who usually plays for the second team.

Although Billinghurst only scored 14 on Saturday, Upminster’s skipper was impressed with the doggedness of the batter.

Ison added: “Tom played well, he went in at a difficult time with us four down for only 60.

“The pitch was doing quite a bit. He stuck around for a while and it was a shame he couldn’t go on to get a 40 or 50.”

Connor Whetstone shone with the ball in reply, taking 5-58 off his 14 overs while Will Chuter (2-24) impressed.

Wells got home in the 46th over of the match with captain Joe Johnson top scoring with 43.

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