Ison and Upminster treating ‘massive’ Hainault clash like just another game of cricket

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 July 2018

Alan Ison of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Alan Ison of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Two teams involved in the Division One relegation battle will do battle at the Jack Carter Pavilion on Saturday

Alan Ison knows the importance of Upminster’s Essex League Division One clash at struggling Hainault & Clayhall, but will treat it no differently to any other game.

The fixture at the Jack Carter Pavilion is another involving clubs down the bottom of the table with the hosts in the final relegation spot.

Upminster were below the dotted line for much of the year, but not anymore now they have secured recent back-to-back wins.

Despite this, they are only five points better off than Hainault, but Ison still wants his team to go out and enjoy Saturday’s match.

He said: “I personally will be treating it like just another game of cricket. We are on a bit of a roll now and enjoying ourselves.

“We have had some fun over the last few weeks and got some good results to go with it so hopefully we can carry this on for the rest of the season.”

The previous meeting between Upminster and Hainault saw the visiting side win by nine wickets on May 26.

It was a difficult afternoon for Upminster after they were all out for 89 and one of the players in their team that day, Muhammad Rahim, has since moved to this weekend’s opponents.

“Hainault are a good side and have a lot of good players. Scoring at their ground is usually quick, so there will probably be a lot of runs on Saturday,” said Ison.

“One of their players, Muhammad Rahim, started the year with us, but is playing for them now, so it will be interesting to face him.”

Upminster will go into the key fixture with confidence extremely high after thrashing Gidea Park & Romford last weekend.

Ison’s team scored 241-9 from their 50 overs thanks to 62 from Shahbaz Butt and 43 not out by Shafiq Rahman.

Nabeel Aziz then did most of the damage with the ball, taking 5-22 to help dismiss Park for 103, but fifth-placed Upminster are not getting carried away.

“It is still very tight in the table and we know if we lose on Saturday we could be back in the bottom two,” added Ison.

“We play Hainault and Orsett & Thurrock over the next two weeks and they are massive games, so if we can win them both we will give ourselves some daylight and if we don’t, we will be back in it.

“Right now we are playing good cricket and enjoying ourselves, so hopefully we can keep it up and get another positive result.”

A midweek Upminster touring team travelled to Old Wilsonians on Tuesday and first-team bowler John Curtis hit a maiden century for the club – 24 years after his Upminster debut!

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