Ison delighted to see Upminster claim vital Division One win
PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 July 2018
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The lowly side successfully chased down 160 against Harold Wood to secure a much-needed victory
Upminster’s stand-in captain Alan Ison admitted Saturday’s win at Harold Wood in the Essex League Premier Division was vitally important ahead of a big second half of the season for the club.
At the 2018 halfway point, they find themselves in the bottom two and struggling, but showed their class last weekend against a side previously second in the table.
The visitors chased down 160 to win by six wickets at Harold Wood Park and in the process boosted their chances of beating the drop.
“It was a very good win and important considering where we are in the league table,” said Ison, covering in for injured brother Nicky.
“We talked before the game about how we had to forget the tough first half of the season and start afresh against Harold Wood. It was the first game of the second period and it was great to get a win.”
Harold Wood won the toss on Saturday and batted first, but were dismissed for 159 with 21 overs of their innings left.
It could have been for even less had number nine Juwel Roy not struck 48 off only 38 balls including four sixes.
Ejaz Khan was the main destroyer for Upminster after taking 6-45 from 10 overs, but Ison also hailed the efforts of John Curtis (0-32), Louis Pickering (2-39) and Ollie Peck (2-27).
He added: “Ejaz bowled really well, but so did Louis, John and Ollie so it was a really good team effort.
“If I am being critical, we should have got them out for a bit less, but I would always take 159 all out against any team.
“I was confident at halfway because it is a small boundary over there and we only needed three an over, so we could be patient.”
Upminster took their time with the chase, but got over the line with 10 overs to spare thanks to 37 not out from teenager Kiran Kullar.
Opener Farid Butt top scored with 68 off 75 balls as Ison’s team secured a crucial win to move within eight points of safety.
“Kiran played really well and so did Freddie and they were the ones to set it up for us,” said Upminster’s skipper.
“Kiran is a really good player and very patient. He has a great technique and doesn’t get fazed by anything too.
“He was the perfect player for the situation on Saturday and hopefully he can kick on from this and get some more important scores.”