Upminster open account, Hornchurch win again

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 June 2015

Alan Ison of Upminster takes the aerial route (pic; TGSPHOTO)

Alan Ison of Upminster takes the aerial route (pic; TGSPHOTO)

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Good day for Division One rivals

Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Murray in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster broke their duck for the Essex League Division One season with success over Orsett.

And at the other end of the table, neighbours and promotion hopefuls Hornchurch recorded their fifth win in five outings against Harlow at Harrow Lodge Park.

Struggles with the bat had dogged Upminster in the opening weeks of the new season and they were put in after losing the toss.

But Farid Butt set the tone with a quick 27 off 22 balls, before James Evans (53) and Matt Tigg (42) put on 97 for the second wicket.

Alan Ison dominated a 98-run stand with Harry Jenkins (30), clubbing six sixes and four fours on his way to 67 off just 44 balls, and there were late contributions from Steve Wright and Shafiq Rahman as the home side amassed 293-9.

Upminster captain John Curtis struck early with the ball in Orsett’s reply, with Will Chuter and Tigg also having success to reduce the visitors to 63-3.

Spinners Rahman (2-28) and James Aggio-Brewe (3-44) then turned the screw as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with Orsett eventually dismissed for 225 in the 42nd over.

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Paul Murray dominate a 138-run stand with Jamie Sorrell (41).

Murray hit a six and 11 fours in his 112 off 126 balls, with Billy Gordon (21), Ronnie Saunders (26), Paul Walter (22) and Max Osborne (29 not out) also contributing to a total of 293-6.

Osborne and Gordon struck in reply, before Taqi Abbas (2-34) nabbed a brace to leave Harlow 99-4.

Mark Whitlock, Osborne and Myles Wells took further wickets before Nicky Baxter smashed a quick 63 off 38 balls to get Harlow past the 200-run mark.

It was little consolation for the visitors, though, as Chamikara Mudalige (3-15) mopped up the tail to seal a 72-run win.

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