Ison: Upminster know they have ‘a lot more work ahead’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 July 2018

John Curtis of Upminster celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

John Curtis of Upminster celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Gidea Park & Romford, Alan Ison has explained why confidence is high

Alan Ison insists Upminster feel they can be a match for any team in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One ahead of hosting local rivals Gidea Park & Romford on Saturday.

The previous meeting at Gallows Corner on May 19 saw the home side win by 70 runs after bowling Upminster all out for 136.

Gidea Park can expect to face a more confident opponent at the weekend, however, with Ison’s team winning two of their last three games to move up to ninth.

Upminster’s stand-in captain said: “Gidea Park are close to us in the table and are a good young side with some very good players.

“They beat us in the first half of the season, so they will take confidence from that, but if we can keep their best players quiet and play well again, we believe we can beat anyone on our day.”

A victory for Upminster over their rivals would see them move out of the relegation zone for the first time since May and Ison is hopeful they can do just that.

Woodford Wells are currently bottom of the table with 77 points and directly above them is the ex-Premier Division side on 88.

But Hainault & Clayhall are only on 96 while Gidea Park and Orsett & Thurrock are both on 104 to show the picture suddenly looks a lot brighter for Upminster.

Ison added: “It is a funny old league because everyone seems to be beating everyone barring I guess Hutton at the top.

“If you can get a couple of wins then everything can change, so if we can get another this weekend it would really help our cause.”

Upminster have only won twice in the league this season and last weekend’s victory at Harold Wood occurred after a good team effort.

Ejaz Khan shone with the ball to take 6-45, but was supported by Louis Pickering (2-39), Ollie Peck (2-27) and John Curtis (0-32).

It ensured Harold Wood were all out for 159, although it could have been less had number nine Juwel Roy not smashed 48 off 38 balls when coming in at 94-7.

Farid Butt ensured Upminster had no problems with the reply as he scored 68 at the top and when he was caught, Kiran Kullar stood firm to hit an unbeaten 37 and get his team home in the 40th over for the loss of only four wickets.

“It was nice to pick up a win and especially against Harold Wood because they are a really good team,” said Ison.

“I think we were better on the day and hopefully we can kick on from this because we know there is still a lot more work ahead.”

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