Upminster Cricket Club captain Alan Ison hails lower order after Essex League Division One success over Southend Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 July 2016

Matt Tigg hit a vital 34 for Upminster during their victory over Southend recently. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Matt Tigg hit a vital 34 for Upminster during their victory over Southend recently. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

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Essex League Division One leaders moved 46 points clear of their nearest challengers at the weekend after crucial triumph

Upminster captain Alan Ison praised the contribution of the lower order after they got back to winning ways in the Essex League Division One on Saturday.

Southend made the trip down the A127 to the leaders and were made to field first after the hosts won the toss.

Julian Whetstone hit 48, but the rest of the top order struggled and it needed scores from Louis Pickering (20), James Aggio-Brewe (22) and Matt Tigg (34) to get Upminster up to 181.

It was enough in the end as John Curtis claimed 3-14 while Will Chuter, Tigg and Oliver Peck nabbed braces to dismiss Southend for 126.

“Julian is a very good player and has been a great singing for us. He is only 17 and it was a great knock on Saturday,” said Ison.

“He made it look easy when everybody else struggled. I thought Louis batted well for his 20, it was a shame he got out after having a partnership with Julian.

“James and Matt played well, ‘Tiggy’ got 34 and it was a really important knock in the end for us.

“It shows the depth we have that our number seven and eight batted the most amount of time on the pitch.

“We have built a really strong squad this year and it showed again on Saturday as they helped us set a score.”

Curtis and Chuter got early wickets for Upminster to put Southend on the back foot in their chase.

Tigg enjoyed conditions and spun his way to 2-32 off eight overs with Peck (2-33) supporting him well.

Ison brought back his opening bowlers at the end and they got the job done as Upminster moved 46 points ahead of nearest challengers Orsett & Thurrock in Division One.

He added: “We started off well with the new ball, John got a wicket and it was followed up by another for Will.

“It did his confidence good to get one early and Tiggy come on and was getting a lot of spin.

“They were struggling to play him and Oli got the captain Joe Robbins out, that was an important wicket.

“John and Will come on at the end and bowled straight and full, which is what you need to do to tail-enders.

“Will got the last wicket and it was great to get a win against Southend by over 50 runs, especially with their batting line-up.”

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