Upminster get better of Old Brentwoods

PUBLISHED: 11:34 07 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 07 May 2017

Upminster's Shahbaz Butt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster's Shahbaz Butt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Tigg steers side through in Essex League Cup

Upminster's Louis Pickering and captain Matt Tigg (pic Kevin Roome)Upminster's Louis Pickering and captain Matt Tigg (pic Kevin Roome)

Upminster secured their progress in the Essex League Cup with an 81-run win at Old Brentwoods.

Having held off Premier Division rivals Brentwood by nine runs in the first round a week earlier, Matt Tigg’s men were put into bat by Division Two Old Brentwoods at Ashwells.

And they were in early trouble as Julian Whetstone fell cheaply, before Frank Hazle and Harry Jenkins departed to successive balls to make it 21-3.

Ejaz Khan did the early damage with the ball for the home side, but Alan Ison steadied the ship with Shahbaz Butt, putting on 87 for the fourth wicket before being dismissed by Khalid Sarwar for 26.

Upminster's Julian Whetstone (pic Kevin Roome)Upminster's Julian Whetstone (pic Kevin Roome)

Butt fell to Sarwar soon after for 75, having hit a six and 12 fours in his 70-ball knock, to leave Upminster 114-5, but young Louis Pickering held firm and had support from Nicky Ison and captain Tigg.

Pickering hit a six and five fours to reach 59 off 67 balls before becoming Sarwar’s third victim.

And Tigg weighed in with 37, while long-serving Shafiq Rahman finished unbeaten on 20 as Upminster closed on 260.

Kalim Khan (2-31) nabbed a late brace for the hosts, who made a steady start in reply thanks to Ramesh Gunalan (24), Nazim Hussain and Baber Choudhary to reach 80-3.

But Tigg (3-29) and Whetstone (3-11) then turned the screw to reduce them to 93-7 and Rahman also got in on the act to claim the eighth wicket to fall.

Shahid Iqbal (33 not out) and Awais Sadaqat (29) offered some late resistance for Brentwoods with a 52-run stand for the ninth wicket, before Nick Ison (2-23) struck twice in quick succession to seal victory.

Upminster will now turn their attentions to the start of the new Premier Division season next weekend, when they visit Chingford.

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