Upminster eyeing jump up the table
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 June 2015
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Captain reflects on win and looks ahead to trying to move up the league
Upminster captain John Curtis wants his side to put together a run of positive results in Essex League Division One after finally ending their duck last Saturday against Orsett.
A 68-run success on home soil was the first time Upminster had tasted victory in a league encounter in almost a year (June 21, 2014).
But now they have got the monkey off their back, Curtis is targeting victory against Harlow and more joy in the matches coming up.
“Our next three matches are Harlow, Hainault & Clayhall and Hutton, who are all mid-table,” said Curtis.
“If we can get two wins out of three it will help us move up and have a good season and if we could get three out of three it would be brilliant. It’s important we make the most of playing in this format now.
“The top two (Southend and Hornchurch) have gone clear now. Southend haven’t lost a game and Hornchurch are strong, but the rest of the league is quite tight and we are all evenly matched.”
Upminster’s triumph against Orsett was down to a brilliant team display with various contributions with both bat and ball.
Alan Ison (67) and James Evans (53) ensured they posted 293-9 from their 50 overs, before James Aggio-Brewe helped dismiss the opposition for 225 by taking three wickets from his 10 overs.
But Curtis heaped praise on 17-year-old Will Chuter, who got 1-20 from his seven overs.
He added: “Will didn’t get the wickets he deserved, but he did get their best batsman out in my opinion. He bowled fantastic in his seven overs. The Orsett guys were playing and missing him every time.
“I had to take him off as he is only 17, but I would have kept him on longer otherwise. I’ve been struggling to find someone to open with me this season and have tried a few partners, but he took his chance on Saturday and did really well for us.
“It was amazing after the Orsett game how the attitude of people changed. Everyone was looking forward to the next game already. It has been a long time coming that win, I think it was 15 league games including last season without one, but it is great to finally get it.”