Upminster Cricket Club captain Alan Ison staying positive after first Essex League Division One defeat since May 7

PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 July 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison in the field. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Upminster captain Alan Ison in the field. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

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Matt Tigg impressed again for the league leaders and has been praised by the skipper

Matt Tigg in bowling action for Upminster. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOMatt Tigg in bowling action for Upminster. Pic: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Upminster captain Alan Ison remained upbeat despite watching his team lose for the first time in the Essex League Division One since the opening day.

They were dismissed for 110 at Hadleigh in reply to the hosts 149 all out after Connor Whetsone (3-17) and Matt Tigg (3-28) impressed again.

Tigg has impressed this season by taking 28 wickets for the first XI and although Upminster’s captain was disappointed they were beaten at Hadleigh, he reflected on some of the positives of the campaign.

“I thought we did a good job to keep them down to 149 – everyone bowled pretty well to achieve that. We fielded ok, it wasn’t amazing, but at the halfway stage I was confident we could chase it down,” said Ison.

“Connor bowled really well again and he has played so consistently over the last few matches. He bowled a good line and length and him and his brother Julian have been good signings for us this year.

“Matt is back in the wickets, his confidence is getting better and he did a good job on Saturday. He has bowled well all season and being a left-arm spinner you are going to get wickets, but you have to bowl a good line and length.

“Even when he wasn’t picking up wickets, he was still being economical and now he’s getting his reward. It has been a great year for Matt and hopefully he can keep it going for the final seven games.”

Upminster made a poor start in reply to chasing down 149 as Shafiq Rahman was dismissed in the first over.

Julian Whetstone and Frankie Hazle turned the tide back in the visitors favour with some quick runs.

After reached 63-1, Upminster lost a cluster of wickets to find themselves 69-5 and they couldn’t recover.

Ison added: “They bowled a wicket maiden in the first over, but the next three went for about 40 runs so it was a decent start. We reached 63-1 and then collapsed to 69-5.

“It wasn’t the best of batting performances. Frankie was batting the best I have seen from him all season so it was a shame we lost him and Julian.

“But chasing 149, we still should have had enough from the rest of the order to get us home. Hadleigh bowled very well and sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition, they bowled better than we batted.”

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