Upminster come up short in final
PUBLISHED: 12:44 30 August 2011
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Shenfield record-breakers lift cup
Upminster’s hopes of lifting the Shepherd Neame League Cup were shattered by record-breaking Shenfield yesterday.
Former Essex staffer Jon Powell and Australian all-rounder Elliot Richtor put on 262 for the first Shenfield wicket, after they had won the toss and decided to bat first at Wanstead.
The mammoth stand broke the previous best of 239, which was set in 1984, and only came to an end when Richtor holed out to Alan Ison, off the bowling of Shafiq Rahman, for 128.
Powell finished unbeaten on 107 as Shenfield closed their 40 overs on 269-1, then held on to a catch to dismiss Terry Wyatt early in Upminster’s reply.
Rahman and Akbar Jabar had Upminster on pace with their rivals after 10 overs at 51-1, but spinners Arshad Ali and Ryan Lugg then took two wickets apiece to reduce them to 104-5 in the 22nd over.
Alan Ison fell to a stunning catch by Shenfield captain John Walter, but some lusty hitting from captain Ollie Peck and John Curtis briefly raised hopes.
It was a false dawn, however, and although Curtis went on to complete an unbeaten half-century, Upminster eventually came up 31 runs short, to finish second best to Shenfield again, having been pipped to promotion by them at the weekend.
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