Essex League Division One: Nicky Ison encouraged by Upminster's performance in draw at Orsett & Thurrock
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 June 2018
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The captain praised his team after passing 200 with the bat and taking nine wickets during a solid outing on Saturday
Upminster couldn’t end their winless run in the Essex League Division One at the weekend, but captain Nicky Ison declared himself satisfied after their draw away to Orsett & Thurrock.
After winning the toss, the visitors batted first and posted 201-9 from 50 overs with Shahbaz Butt top scoring with 65.
Orsett went for the win in reply, but John Curtis turned the tide back in Upminster’s favour with 5-59 from 13 overs.
The away side had got the hosts nine down with one over left, but the final wicket eluded Ison’s team as the home outfit finished on 184-9, so the match ended a draw.
“We had six balls at getting the final wicket and fair play to Orsett because they attacked and went for the win all the way through and then their number 10 blocked out the last over,” said Upminster’s skipper.
“It was a pretty good game. We had our chances to win and dropped a few catches which cost us in the end, but we did come back well because at one stage it looked like they were going to cruise it.
“The two seamers John Curtis and Louis Pickering (2-52) come back on and went through the bottom order and we had a chance to win, but it wasn’t our day, although overall a much better performance.”
Upminster picked up 12 points from the draw and despite still remaining bottom, there were plenty of positives to take from the stalemate.
Butt continued his impressive form with a third consecutive half-century while Kiran Kullar (17 off 31), Pickering (26 off 46) and Terry Wyatt (25 off 32) all spent a decent amount of time at the crease.
It helped Upminster post their best score of 2018 in Division One and boosts confidence at the club heading into a crucial period of the campaign where they will look to put a run of results together.
“The outfield at Orsett is quite long where the council have not had a mower cut it, so that score of 201 was probably worth about 240 or 250 at a normal ground,” said Ison.
“We did well to keep going and get to 200 and get the four batting points. It was nice to see a few more batsmen chipping in and having more time at the crease.
“It was a lot better and we didn’t get bowled out and batted all the way through, so it was pleasing.
“We felt 200 was a big score on that outfield, so we knew it would be a hard chase for them to win and we knew if we kept chipping away we would have a chance, so overall much better from everyone.”