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Upminster captain Ison keen to pick up a victory in Gidea Park & Romford derby date

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 May 2018

Nicky Ison is all smiles for Upminster (pic: Upminster CC).

Nicky Ison is all smiles for Upminster (pic: Upminster CC).

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Upminster captain Nicky Ison is keen to face local rivals Romford & Gidea Park this weekend.

Ison and his side make the short trip to Gallows Corner on Saturday as they look to get their first victory of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season, after their opener against Harold Wood was abandoned last weekend.

They took just six points from the abandonment last weekend, despite being well on top, and Ison is keen to start getting more points on the board now.

“We need to get some points on the board whether that is batting first or having a chase and getting 20,” he said.

“We need to have a good start in these first five games and this is definitely a game we feel we can win.”

The skipper believes it will be a good contest and admits they know what to expect from their opponents, adding: “We know a few of their players, we know Jamal (Francis) is a very good player, and the team is very similar to last season.

“Him and Sam Hewitt have a good partnership and proved that against Wanstead the other week.

“They got a few wickets against Wanstead as well so we know they’ve got some good players so it should be a fun local derby. I’m looking forward to it.”

Ison admitted that the batting line-up will be vital to whoever comes out on top after praising the Gidea Park pitch conditions.

“It’s usually a very good pitch over there so I expect the batsmen will have more of a say on that one,” he added.

Ison is also hoping the weather can stay dry for the encounter but revealed despite the damp start to the season he feels his side are in a good place.

“Even despite all the bad weather we’re showing good signs that we’re going to be alright this year,” he said.

“Our bowling attack is varied and experienced and I think our batsmen, when the sun comes out and it gets a bit drier, will have a good time.

“We’re feeling like we’re in a decent place considering how tough it has been to prepare with the weather.”

After their abandonement last weekend Ison also feels it’s vital to get a strong start.

“It was a shame we didn’t get a win as that would have given us a good head start so it’s now important to pick up a few wins and get the confidencegoing.”

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