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Upminster youngsters reach the final of Don Coates Trophy

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 13 August 2018

Upminster’s under-nines face the camera after reaching the Don Coates Trophy final (pic: Upminster CC).

Upminster’s under-nines face the camera after reaching the Don Coates Trophy final (pic: Upminster CC).

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Marsha Edinburgh praised the effort of the Year Three and Year Four pupils

Upminster’s under-nines continued their excellent season on Sunday with a fine win over Woodford Green to reach the final of the Don Coates Trophy.

Marsha Edinburgh’s team will now face Buckhurst Hill in the final on September 9 at Woodford Wells’ Monkhams Lane home.

Although Upminster won by 135 runs against Green, it was far from straightforward for the borough youngsters.

They posted 398-7 with the bat and eventually dismissed their opponents for 288 to book their spot in the final.

Not only did Upminster face a tough side in the shape of Woodford Green, but there were windy conditions to deal with and dark clouds over the outfield with the heavens set to open at any minute.

Upminster came through though, to continue their unbeaten year and can now look forward to September 9.

Team manager Edinburgh was quick to praise the effort of the whole squad after reaching the final for the second time.

Although only 10 colts could be selected for the last-four clash, Upminster had many other key showings during the early part of this tournament.

Edinburgh said: “Woodford Green put up a spirited defence. It is also worth pointing out many other children not in the semi-final team have played in group games and contributed to the squad’s overall success this year.”

Upminster team which faced Woodford Green: Christian Edinburgh, Thomas Cargill, Stanley Moore, Fenton Everingham, Max Shepherd, Jake Rochford, Joe Hibbell, Joe Brooks, Zachary Lawes, Nakul Trivedi.

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