Upminster ready for benefit test

PUBLISHED: 17:04 29 August 2013

Upminster's Oliver Peck shares a joke with Essex's 2012 beneficiary Graham Napier (Kevin Roome)

Upminster's Oliver Peck shares a joke with Essex's 2012 beneficiary Graham Napier (Kevin Roome)


Essex visit for annual clash

Upminster will play host once again to an Essex XI in their annual benefit match on Sunday (2pm).

Oliver Peck’s side need only a handful of points from their Essex League Premier Division clash with basement boys Buckhurst Hill tomorrow (Saturday) to ensure survival, so should be able to relax against beneficiary David Masters and his county teammates.

The 30-over fixture has become a regular highlight of the local calendar and always produces plenty of runs.

A four-figure crowd turned up to Upminster Park to see Graham Napier club 116 off just 48 balls last year, during his benefit, as Essex piled up 366-8.

Terry Wyatt top scored with an unbeaten 75 as Upminster came up short on 302-7.

The two sides first met in 1997 for Alan Lilley’s benefit, when Nasser Hussain scored a half-century and Peter Such took three wickets.

Upminster’s squad this year includes Peck, James Aggio-Brewe, Farid Butt, Shahbaz Butt, Will Chuter, John Curtis, Billy Gordon, Alan Ison, Nick O’Dell, Shafiq Rahman, Elliott Timoti and Billy Wright.

Limited edition pint glasses, featuring the club crest and details of this year’s match, will be on sale in the beer tent at £5 each, including first pint.

n Upminster’s under-15s booked their place in the final of the Cox & Kings Cup with an eight-wicket win over Woodford Wells, who they dismissed for 111.

Craig Chuter’s side face Wanstead in the final on Sunday at Woodford Wells.

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