Upminster Cricket Club are ready to impress in summit Essex League Division One meet with Orsett & Thurrock Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 July 2016

Upminster celebrate getting a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster celebrate getting a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Alan Ison’s team full of confidence and have the experience of John Curtis to call upon this weekend

After winning their last six games in Essex League Division One, Upminster cannot wait to face Orsett again this weekend.

Alan Ison’s men are sitting at the top of the table having put together an excellent run of results lately.

They have only lost once in the division all season, but it occurred at Orsett on the opening day of the campaign by 10 runs.

Revenge isn’t the main focus for the Upminster players, although Ison would love to make it seven victories in a row in Division One.

They are also boosted by the return of John Curtis after he missed the win at home to Harlow last Saturday. Ison said: “I’m looking forward to playing Orsett this weekend and all of the chaps are.

“They beat us first time around, so we’re hoping to get them back. If we play well, we know we can get a result and it should be another good game.

“John is back. He has bowled really well this year and is always big shoes to fill when he’s not around. It’s good to have him returning and his experience could be key.”

Upminster’s fine run started with a success at home to Harold Wood on May 28, before comprehensive wins over Fives & Heronians, Billericay and Loughton followed.

Ison’s men nearly came unstuck at Woodford Wells, but were victorious thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis method with the hosts looking good on 118-2 chasing down 244.

At home to Harlow last weekend, a fine innings of 64 not out from the skipper ensured they won by seven wickets to keep the feel-good factor at the club as they remained top ahead of Orsett.

“We’re playing good cricket at the moment and it’s all about momentum I think. Things go your way when you are winning,” added Ison.

“Recently we got a bit lucky with the result at Woodford Wells and having momentum is key and we’ve got that right now.”

It might have been different if the rain hadn’t let up on Saturday when they faced Harlow. Will Chuter (2-42) and Matt Tigg (2-47), with help from Louis Pickering (1-35), helped keep the visitors to 254-5 from their 50 overs.

Upminster’s openers Shahbaz Butt (50) and Shafiq Rahman (46) made a great start in reply, but the hosts were forced off due to rain when on 120-2 in the 26th over.

At that point, Harlow were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis, but fortunately Ison got back out there and smashed seven sixes to help lead his team to their revised total of 194 with 11 balls remaining.

He added: “I was hoping we would get back out at 120-2 as we were about 10 runs behind on Duckworth-Lewis and that annoyed me because we should have known what we needed with the sky getting grey.

“Luckily we went out again and needed 74 off just over 12 overs. It was a comfortable win in the end.”

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