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Upminster Cricket Club aiming to build momentum in Essex League says captain Alan Ison

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 May 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison (left) celebrates a win with his team-mates (pic: Upminster CC)

Upminster captain Alan Ison (left) celebrates a win with his team-mates (pic: Upminster CC)

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After hosting Harold Wood, they'll play two Dukes T20 matches over the next week against Shenfield and Orsett

Upminster captain Alan Ison has challenged his team to keep their consistency in the Essex League Division One this season.

After drawing with Southend last weekend, they’re fourth in the table ahead of hosting Harold Wood tomorrow (Saturday).

Ison doesn’t believe one club will run away with the league this year and is excited about his squad after they dominated at Southchurch Park, but had to settle for 11 points in a draw.

He said: “I think momentum is key and if we keep playing like we are, I’m sure we’ll get plenty of wins this season.

“We are all capable of beating each other in this division and I can’t see one team running away with it. If we can keep some consistency then I would expect us to be closer to the top of the table than the bottom.”

After hosting local rivals Harold Wood, Upminster will switch their focus to T20. They travel to face Premier Division outfit Shenfield for a North East Group B match on Sunday, before hosting Division One rivals Orsett next Thursday (June 2).

Ison added: “Shenfield are a strong team and I have got a pretty good side out so it should be a really good match. T20 is the type of game where anything can happen. You only need one person to get a big score or take four wickets and it’s all over.”

Openers Shahbaz Butt (105) and Shafiq Rahman (66) enjoyed the day at Southend last week as Upminster made 282-6.

Matt Tigg (2-37), John Curtis (2-38) and Connor Whetstone (3-88) shone with the ball, but the hosts finished on 204-8 to get a draw.

Upminster’s new Windmill Whack T20 competition started last weekend and the Govani Maestros beat Apple Finance Firebirds, while the Root 66ers lost to Costcutter Cobras.

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