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Essex League: Upminster look for positives from loss

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 June 2018

Upminster's John Curtis is left frustrated (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster's John Curtis is left frustrated (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Upminster fell to their third defeat in five matches in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One against Colchester.

Stand-in captain Frankie Hazle chose to bat after winning the toss and saw all of the home batsmen make a contribution.

Farid Butt put on 39 for the first wicket with young Kiran Kullar (25) and Shafiq Rahman also made a start, only for Upminster to fall to 77-3.

Louis Pickering and Shahbaz Butt put on 94 for the fourth wicket, with the latter hitting a six and seven fours in his 57 from 58 balls.

Pickering added a six and three fours on his way to 44 from 78 deliveries, before Harry Jenkins hit five fours in an unbroken 43 from just 35 balls alongside Hazle in an unbroken 58-run stand as the hosts reached 240-5.

Ejaz Khan struck early with the ball in Colchester’s reply, but Kieran Dale and Joe Austin (60) then put on 138 for the second wicket.

Oliver Peck made the breakthrough, with John Curtis dismissing Dale (78) and Josh Rymell in quick succession to make it 158-4.

Khan (2-43) picked up a second scalp and Curtis (3-68) struck again to leave the visitors 202-6, but Jack Hebron held firm and finished unbeaten on 54, having hit two sixes and six fours in a 44-ball innings, to see his side home by four wickets.

Upminster, meanwhile, had to settle for 10 points from their latest loss.

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