Upminster skipper delighted to avoid more dramas after middle-order wobble

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 August 2018

Louis Pickering of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Louis Pickering of Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The hosts secured another impressive win on Saturday, this time over Orsett & Thurrock, but only after a slight collapse

Upminster captain Ollie Peck paid tribute to Louis Pickering and Terry Wyatt after a five-wicket home win over Orsett & Thurrock in the Essex League Division One last weekend.

The hosts seemed to be cruising to their target of 159 with Alan Ison at the crease as he hit a brisk 42 off 29 balls.

But from a position of 93-3, Upminster collapsed to 95-5 and with few options down the order, 35 not out by Pickering alongside Wyatt’s 35* proved crucial.

“It was a good win and we bowled and fielded quite well on what was a tricky wicket,” said Peck.

“Orsett only got 158, but it was probably a 190 score because it was a tough wicket to score on it.

“It wasn’t as straightforward as the scorecard suggests either, but Terry and Louis both batted really well.

“Alan’s innings also gave us real momentum as he scored 42 in pretty quick time, so that was key.”

Good work was initially put in by Upminster’s bowlers and Ejaz Khan’s 2-25 reduced the visitors to 32-2.

They recovered, however, and looked on course for a good score until Nabeel Aziz had Orsett captain Paul Bennett caught for 26.

From an encouraging score of 88-2, the away side were quickly all out for 158 with Aziz taking 4-33.

Peck added: “Nabeel bowled well. We went for a few at the start, but we got the spinners on in the middle overs and they did a good job.

“They managed to reduce the flow of runs and picked up wickets at the same time, so we did well in the field.”

Upminster then appeared to be getting home comfortably in the chase with Ison hitting the ball to all corners of the ground.

But it was left to youngster Pickering and the experienced Wyatt to get their team over the line.

“At 95-5, needing 60 more to win, it wasn’t plain-sailing and Terry did extremely well,” said Peck.

“He scored at a run-a-ball and didn’t give away any chances and Louis was the same, so their partnership was the difference and the reason we won the game.”

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