Upminster captain pleased to get that winning feeling back
PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 June 2015
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John Curtis reflects on first victory in the Essex League for nearly a year
Upminster captain John Curtis was delighted to register a first Essex League success for almost a year as his side defeated Orsett by 68 runs in Division One last weekend.
The Upminster Park outfit hadn’t triumphed on a Saturday since beating Shenfield on June 21 last year prior to entertaining the basement boys of the league.
It didn’t go to plan initially as they lost the toss and were made to bat first but a solid batting effort, which saw the top five all make 27 or more, resulted in Curtis’s team posting 293-9 from their 50 overs.
Orsett were never really in the game after a tight opening spell of bowling by Upminster and were eventually bowled out for 225.
Curtis was thrilled with the victory and praised his batsmen, James Evans in particular, for laying the foundation for success.
He said: “It was a good all-round performance. We lost the toss and were made to bat first but we probably would have bowled. We got off to a good start with Farid Butt making 27 and James hitting 53 and everyone played their part to be honest.
“No-one scored more than Alan Ison, he hit 67, but it was a good team effort and it basically got us up to 300 so I was happy with that at halfway.
“It only takes a couple of people to get in and a few others around them can smash a few and it was James and Alan that did it for us.
“I think that was James Evans fourth or fifth league game for the first team and he has 32, a 38 and now a fifty as well as 76 in the T20 so he is taking his chance well.
“He is exactly the type of player that we need because we have a lot of stroke players but we need somebody that can stick around and bat for a long time and he did that on Saturday.”
Orsett always found themselves behind the eight ball in reply after an excellent spell of bowling from 17-year-old Will Chuter, backed up by all of his team mates.
He opened up alongside Curtis and only conceded 20 runs from his seven overs and picked up the important scalp of Mohammed Ahktar.
Regular wickets fell afterwards with Matt Tigg, Shafiq Rahman and Curtis all helping themselves to braces before James Aggio-Brewe stole the show.
The spinner claimed three wickets from his 10 overs, conceding just 44 runs, to leave his captain satisfied to finally lead his team to victory.
Curtis added: “Harlow never got going in reply. Will bowled really well, opening the bowling, he got 1-20 from his seven overs and did a great job.
“After the start we had they were never going to chase it. Once they were three down they needed eight or nine an over and it was always going to be too much.
“This week James did really well and he is available for the rest of the season and that means we have three front line spinners and that shows our strength.
“We have six or seven bowlers we can turn too where as, on Saturday, Harlow only had three or four and the couple that bowled five overs each got smashed around.”