Upminster draw on positives
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 June 2018
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Upminster had to settle for a draw in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One clash at Orsett.
Nicky Ison chose to bat first after winning the toss and saw Louis Pickering (26) put on 74 for the second wicket with Shahbaz Butt, who hit a six and seven fours in his 65.
Upminster wobbled from 113-1 to 128-5, but Terry Wyatt (25) and Ison (21) helped them reach 201-9 at the end of their 50 overs.
And after Orsett had made a solid start in reply, John Curtis struck three times in quick succession to reduce them to 47-3.
Shafiq Rahman ended a 61-run stand for the fourth wicket, as fellow spinner Muhammad Rahim got in on the act to leave Orsett 123-5 and the match delicately poised.
Pickering (2-52) ended the hopes of Mark Pavitt on 61, as Curtis picked up two more scalps to complete a 5-59 haul.
But Orsett reached the close on 184-9 and Upminster had to content themselves with a 12-point haul, having only collected 10 from their first three fixtures of the campaign.