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Upminster's brand of cricket delights captain Alan Ison and he praises Julian Whetstone

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 May 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

Upminster captain Alan Ison in batting action (pic: Kevin Roome).

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Even after two defeats last weekend, Upminster had plenty of positives to take from their two matches

Julian Whetstone his a century for Upminster against HornchurchJulian Whetstone his a century for Upminster against Hornchurch

Upminster captain Alan Ison is remaining positive ahead of hosting Hadleigh & Thundersley in Essex League Division One tomorrow (Saturday).

Ison’s men began their league campaign with a close 10-run loss at Orsett & Thurrock last weekend and suffered an 81-run defeat to local rivals Hornchurch in the second round of the Royal London Club Championship.

Although the two results have halted their early momentum, Ison was happy to see his team go for the win on Saturday and not settle for a draw.

He said: “It’s nice to be at home this weekend, the only downside is we have to get all the gear out!

“We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a victory or a winning draw. We were very positive on Saturday and it was good to see us go for the win at Orsett.

“Yes we fell short, but I’d rather that than block out for a draw. That’s the sort of cricket I want to see us play, so hopefully it will start to pay off soon.”

While a losing start to the Division One campaign wasn’t the plan, Upminster still took some positives from the game.

The home team made an excellent start after Ison won the toss and decided to field first. But Matt Tigg (2-62) and Shafiq Rahman (2-44) bowled 32 overs between them as Orsett were restricted to 204-9, despite opener Paul Bennett hitting 98.

Upminster’s reply began badly, however, as in-form Shahbaz Butt went for a duck and fellow opener Rahman fell for six.

Ison (26) and Frankie Hazel (32) rebuilt the innings, before another collapse occurred.

Terry Wyatt hit 50 and new recruit Connor Whetstone (56) nearly got Upminster home, but they were bowled out for 194.

“The atmosphere was very positive. To get so close in the chase and play well was good to see,” added Ison.

“We are back at home this weekend and hopefully we will have John Curtis available this time. I bowled nine overs against Hornchurch and it’s given me my confidence back so that’s another positive.”

Although Upminster were knocked out of the Royal London Club Championship, it proved a great day for one member of the team.

Julian Whetstone, Connor’s brother, scored his maiden senior century after opening the innings.

Hornchurch won the toss and decided to bat and made 272-7 with Ison (2-45) and Julian Whetstone (2-30) the pick of the home bowlers.

Upminster always faced a tough task in the chase, but Julian Whetstone scored 106 from 101 balls hitting a six and 11 fours.

But Harry Jenkins (31) was Upminster’s only other batsman in double figures as the hosts were dismissed for 191.

Ison added: “It’s such a shame Julian can’t play on Saturdays yet, but it was a really good hundred and probably one of the best I’ve ever seen.

“He was a big positive from the match, but plays for New Hall School on Saturdays at the moment so isn’t available for us in the Essex League yet.

“It was pleasing to see him do so well against Hornchurch and I hope he can carry this form on now when he is available to play in the division.

“He has got two more weeks of school cricket and then will be back for three weeks and available for us.”

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