Cricket: Upminster come up short in run feast at Belhus
PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 July 2018
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Upminster came up short in a high-scoring Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One contest at Belhus.
The hosts chose to bat first after winning the toss, but Ejaz Khan and John Curtis had success with the new ball to reduce them to 20-2.
Shafiq Rahman got in on the act with a third wicket with the total on 36, but it proved a false dawn for the visitors.
Belhus captain Danny Joyce and Ben Osborne shared a stunning 260-run stand for the fourth wicket, before the skipper fell one run short of a century, bowled by Louis Pickering.
Former Essex staffer Osborne went on to finish unbeaten on 177 from just 118 balls, having hit seven sixes and 20 fours, as Belhus amassed 328-5 from their 50 overs.
Pickering (2-66) picked up a second wicket for the underfire Upminster attack but fell cheaply in reply, after the visitors lost Shahbaz Butt early on, to leave them 28-2.
Rahman (34) put on 48 with young opener Kiran Kullar, but Nabeel Aziz lasted just three balls as Upminster slipped to 80-4.
Stand-in captain Alan Ison dominated a 103-run stand with Kullar, smashing five sixes and six fours in his 73 off just 39 balls.
But Kullar fell one short of a fifty to make it 187-6 and, although Curtis hit 46 off 47 balls in a 59-run stand with James Evans (26 not out), Upminster were dismissed for 291 in the 47th over and remain bottom of the table at the midway point of the season.