Upminster ready for trip to seaside

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 July 2015

Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster captain John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Curtis and co preparing to beat promotion chasing Southend

Upminster captain John Curtis is hoping his team can achieve success when they come up against Essex League Division One promotion chasing Southend-on-Sea at Southchurch Park tomorrow (Saturday).

The teams faced each other on the opening day of the season with Upminster losing by 28 runs and this weekend’s fixture marks the halfway point of the season.

Upminster have come a long way since that loss on May 9 and Curtis is keen for them to show their true colours now.

He said: “Southend have lost three in a row and Shenfield are right on their toes for second so it has all changed.

“It should be a good game and we are quite evenly matched actually, especially in the 50-over format where we are much better because we have five proper bowlers.

“I am expecting a different outcome compared to the opening day of the season. We should have beaten them on that occasion after bowling them out for 190, but we just couldn’t chase it down.

“In a 50-over match it will be different and I fully expect us to give them a good game.”

Upminster were involved in a tense match last weekend with Hutton and it went down to the last ball at the Polo Field Ground. Unfortunately the home team won.

Curtis bowled the final over and couldn’t prevent Hutton chasing down 243 with their Indian captain Hanuma Vihari hitting 74 to help earn them a one-wicket triumph.

“We were so disappointed after the game and I took the last over and didn’t bowl great, I bowled a few wides,” added the skipper.

“I was disappointed with that, but looking back it was a brilliant match, a really fantastic game of cricket and it was just obviously a shame to be on the wrong end of it.”

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