After showing T20 pedigree, Nicky Ison urges Upminster to get Essex League Division One campaign up and running
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 June 2018
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The club sit bottom of the table after four games, but visit Orsett & Thurrock on Saturday confident after T20 success on Monday
Upminster captain Nicky Ison will make some changes to his starting XI on Saturday to try and change the club’s fortunes in the Essex League Division One.
The 2017 Premier Division outfit sit bottom of the table following their relegation last year after not winning any of their first three fixtures this term.
Last weekend they were all out for only 89 at home to Hainault & Clayhall, but they will travel to Orsett & Thurrock on Saturday with confidence after qualifying for T20 Cup finals day on Monday.
Ison said: “I will be changing the team a bit this week because I’ve basically stuck with the same XI for the first three games, so I will bring in a few new faces.
“I hope changing things up can work for us because beating two Premier Division sides earlier this week should show we are not a bad team, but right now we are just not playing very well.
“Hopefully we can start playing some good cricket in Division One and start to climb the table.”
After losing by nine wickets on Saturday to Hainault, Upminster bounced back in style in Group B of the T20 Cup quarter-final day.
Ison’s team defeated Hadleigh & Thundersley by six wickets in the first game and saw off Billericay in the last game by just four runs to set up a semi-final clash with Colchester on July 1 (Finals Day).
He added: “I was very pleased for the boys and they were absolutely buzzing afterwards.
“Hopefully now we can take this confidence and belief into our league season and get up and running because Monday was a good day for the club.”
Upminster’s captain is hoping the likes of Kiran Kullar, Shahbaz Butt, Louis Pickering and Nabeel Aziz will be boosted after all four hit vital contributions this week.
Kullar was arguably the only player to come away with credit on Saturday after he scored 43, off 111 balls, of the team’s total of 89.
Meanwhile Butt hit 57 not out to help Upminster chase down 98 against Hadleigh and followed it up with 55 in their innings of 133-4 against Billericay.
Aziz (20*) and Pickering (34*) both produced solid totals during Monday’s T20 Cup action too and Ison is looking to see all four in the runs again at Orsett.
The Upminster captain said: “A few guys did well on Monday, so I am hoping we can put a score on the board if we bat first.
“We need to make sure we bat through and once we get our first score I think we will start doing a lot better.”