We needed more runs, admits Upminster captain Ison after Hutton defeat
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 June 2018
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The visitors could only manage to reach 266 at Polo Field Ground and the leaders chased it down with eight overs left
Upminster captain Nicky Ison conceded they didn’t get enough runs away to local rivals Hutton in the Essex League Division One on Saturday.
The hosts chased down 227 to win quite comfortably with six wickets in hand in the 42nd over.
A 90-run partnership for the third wicket between Kiran Kullar (53) and Louis Pickering (43) gave Upminster hope of passing 250, but both fell with the score on 145 and despite Shahbaz Butt’s 37, the visitors were all out for 226 with seven balls left.
“We didn’t play too badly on Saturday. We batted alright and Farid got us off to a flier with 27 off 18 balls and we reached 30 in no time,” said Ison.
“Kiran and Louis then batted together for a long time and we got to around 145 with 30 overs left and knew we needed to make it up to 270 on that surface.
“Trying to increase the run rate we lost a few wickets and a number of us got caught on the boundary looking to help us set a good total.
“In the end we had to settle for 226 and we knew it was probably short of what we needed because the wicket was really good over there.”
Even though Upminster’s score was below-par, they were quickly boosted in the field when John Curtis (3-40) picked up two early wickets.
He reduced Hutton to 7-2, but Julian Whetstone came back to haunt his old club with 54 at three and overseas batsmen Vivian Paver showed his class with 104 not out.
Ison added: “We wanted more than 226, but we knew if we bowled well we had a chance and John showed his class again and put us on top.
“Unfortunately Julian, who we played with for two years, played very well and scored a fifty and we know all about how good a player he is.
“Julian, along with the overseas, took the game away from us and the overseas didn’t give a chance away and is an excellent batsman, but we knew we needed to get more runs with the bat.”