Upminster boosted by convincing win over relegation rivals Gidea Park, says Ison
PUBLISHED: 14:30 26 July 2018
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The 2016 Division One champions moved up to fifth in the table after Saturday's win on home soil
Upminster made it back-to-back wins for the first time in the Essex League Division One this season on Saturday with a crushing victory over Gidea Park & Romford and Alan Ison admitted it has given everyone at the club a big boost.
After struggling for most of the year and spending the majority of the campaign in the relegation zone, the new boys are up to fifth now.
That’s a result of their 178-run victory over Gidea Park on Saturday after the visitors were dismissed for 103 in reply to the hosts 214-9 off 50 overs.
Ison said: “We knew going into the weekend it was a very important game and if we could win we would go above them.
“To win it so convincingly was really good, but we are still looking to kick on some more over the next couple of weeks.”
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Ison saw openers Farid Butt (35) and Shahbaz Butt (62) put on 59 for the first wicket.
Upminster suffered a mini collapse in the middle overs and were reduced to 162-7, but Shafiq Rahman hot a crucial 43 not out with Ejaz Khan (23) and John Curtis (18) hitting crucial scores at the end.
“Shahbaz has been a bit unlucky in recent weeks and has been in a bit of a barren run, so it was nice to see him get fifty,” said Ison.
“Freddie did well and then we suffered a bit of a collapse, but Shafiq helped us get some runs at the end.
“Everyone chipped in which was great like Ejaz and John. Shahbaz got fifty, but no one else got a big score and at the end we felt 240 was defendable.
“The pitch was turning quite a bit, so we thought it would suit our spinner come the second innings.”
It proved to be the case with Nabeel Aziz picked up 5-22 – his maiden fifer for the club – to help dismiss Gidea Park for 103.
“Nabeel bowled really well. He is an off-spinner and the pitch suited him, but he still had to bowl in the right areas and did,” said stand-in captain Ison.
“It was his maiden five-wicket haul for the club, so it was nice to see him make his first proper contribution for us and hopefully it is the first of many.”