Upminster Cricket Club captain Alan Ison happy with his form and opener Shahbaz Butt after two wins recently

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 May 2016

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Alan Ison in batting action for Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Corbets Tey skipper reflects on victories against Ilford and Cockfosters in two different cup competitions

Upminster captain Alan Ison is pleased with his start to the season and the form of opener Shahbaz Butt.

The pair were in the runs again on Saturday to help defeat Premier Division side Ilford by 88-runs in the Essex League Cup.

Butt scored 101 before retiring hurt and he’s now scored 213 runs in just two innings in 2016.

Ison hit 87 from 72 balls against Ilford, which is his second half century of the season, to add to his own form.

The duo have played a big part in Upminster starting the campaign with two Essex League Cup wins and one success in the Royal London Club Champions.

“Saturday was really comfortable, a lot more than I expected. I won the toss and we batted first,” said Ison.

“Again ‘Shabs’ got a hundred and I got 87 so it was another solid batting performance from us all. The bowlers were then really good and all contributed in what was an excellent team display.

“It was great to see Shabs get another century and hopefully he can carry it on into this weekend. He’s started the season really strong.

“He retired hurt on Saturday which was unfortunate, but I’m sure he’ll be fine for our league opener against Orsett & Thurrock.”

Ison enjoyed playing alongside Butt at the weekend and the pair put on 150 for the third wicket to reach 279-6 from their 45 overs.

Once they took to the field former captain John Curtis shone with the ball and finished with 2-4 from his six overs.

Matt Tigg again impressed, taking 3-30 to help restrict Ilford to 191 from their allotted overs and send Upminster into the third round.

“It was good fun on Saturday, we put on 150 together and I always enjoying batting with Shabs,” added Ison.

“To get 87 and help us get up to a good score was pleasing. I always thought batting second would be difficult because it was a slow surface.

“Again it was a great team effort from all the bowlers. At one stage John had four overs and four maidens so he had 0-2 then from his spell. He was excellent.”

It was a quick turnaround for Ison as two days after beating Ilford, they hosted Cockfosters in the Royal London Club Championships.

Talented young opener Frankie Hazel impressed with the bat and hit 71 before the experienced Terry Wyatt showed his class.

Wyatt smashed 86 from 55 balls coming in at six to get Upminster up to 208-7 from their 30 overs. Ison said: “We were 23-4 and Frankie was opening so had seen all four wickets go down, but hung around.

“He played a really mature innings and helped us rebuild. Terry was with him and come in to score 86 not out which was unbelievable to be honest.

“For him to bat for the first time in a while and hit that was brilliant. I think last year he struggled with a bad back so didn’t play too many matches throughout the season.

“But he will be with me now in the first team and he’s a good person to have in the side for a number of reasons.”

Cockfosters made a decent start in reply and reached a hundred for the loss of just two wickets trying to chase 210, but a fine spell from Julian Whetstone turned the match back in Upminster’s favour.

Ison played his part as well and took 3-38 to dismiss the visitors for 166 and seal a 44-run success. He added: “Julian bowled a fantastic spell.

“He got 4-21, mixed it up and was going into the wind as well which is difficult and Cockfosters had got off to a good start.

“They were 100-2, but everyone got us back into it and did well. Ollie Peck was impressive and all of the bowlers played a part.”

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