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Injured Nicky confident Alan can lead Upminster up the table

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 July 2018

Upminster's Alan Ison (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster's Alan Ison (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The basement club travel to Harold Wood this weekend without their first-choice captain

Upminster may have to make do without captain Nicky Ison for the foreseeable future, but he has backed brother Alan to help lead the strugglers to safety in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One.

A nerve injury has troubled the skipper throughout the year and a recent flare up could prevent the all-rounder from playing again for Upminster this season.

He will still be around to back the team and is confident brother Alan will impress, especially as he was captain in 2016 when they won the Division One title.

Nicky Ison said: “Alan has got promotion from this league before so he obviously knows how to win in this division.

“It is a much different team, but he will thoroughly enjoy the challenge of trying to keep us up and hopefully help us produce a few more much-needed wins.”

Alan Ison is expected to lead the side in the absence of Nicky at Harold Wood this weekend, as he did at Belhus last Saturday.

Upminster lost an entertaining clash at the Village Green, under the watchful eye of their first XI skipper, after they were all out for 291 chasing 328 to win.

Max Osborne smashed 177 not out off 118 balls for Belhus, while Danny Joyce added 99 despite the best efforts of Ejaz Khan (1-38) and Louis Pickering (2-66).

In reply, teenager Kiran Kullar showed his potential again with 49 at the top before Alan Ison hit a rapid 73 off only 39 balls.

Once he was bowled, Upminster knew the game was probably up, but John Curtis showed fight with 46 and James Evans was unbeaten on 26 despite trouble with a finger injury.

Nicky Ison was impressed with the character of his team, but was gutted he couldn’t do more to help while watching on from the boundary at Belhus.

He added: “Everything is up in the air for me at the moment in regards to my availability for the second half of the season.

“I am hopeful I will be back again this year, but it all depends on what the physio and doctors tell me.

“It is very frustrating to be injured, it always is, but if my body doesn’t want to do it, I can’t force it as much as I want to!”

On Harold Wood, he said: “They are on a good run. They beat Hutton on Saturday and especially at their home ground, we know they will be a tough because they have a lot of good players.

“I am hoping our batting can come off again and the batsmen produce the goods and we can get a bit more luck and take our catches because that’s what has cost us in the games we haven’t won recently.

“If we can have a big all-round performance it will be a great one to win because they are a tough side, so a good result there could set us up for a strong second half of the season.”

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