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Upminster’s Curtis confident of a result against Ilford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2017

Upminster's John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster's John Curtis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Former captain previews next fixture

John Curtis is confident that Upminster can get back to winning ways in the Essex League Premier Division this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Upminster travel to Valentines Park to take on Ilford after suffering a heavy defeat at Chingford in their league opener last weekend.

And after having some cup success already this season, former captain Curtis is keen for the club to pick up their first league scalp tomorrow (Saturday).

“It’s a big game and people are keen to get back into it after a poor one,” he said.

“We have got a few guys back for it, like Alan (Ison). He’s one of our best players and I think everyone is looking forward to it.”

Ilford will give Upminster a tough test as they have a solid batting line-up, but Curtis believes previous outings will stand them in good stead.

“We have quite a good record against them, we used to play them in the cup often, so I’m sure we can do well,” he added. “There are a lot of youngsters in the team and I think we’re all still pretty confident, as it was just one bad result.

“We’ve won our first five games other than that.”

Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi could be in the line-up to face Upminster, having helped the county progress in the Royal London One-Day Cup, but Curtis added: “They’ve got loads of good players, sometimes they get Zaidi to play for them, but they’re definitely a team we can beat.”

Upminster suffered a heavy defeat at Chingford after being dismissed for just 110.

Shahbaz Butt (33), Shafiq Rahman (23) and Julian Whetstone (19) were the only batsmen to reach double figures and Curtis added: “We didn’t bat well and there are no excuses for that really.

“It was just a series of bad shots really, a lot of our guys haven’t played all-day yet either.

“We were bowled out with 25 to 30 overs still to bat. I think most people were naïve with there shots and got themselves out.”

Curtis claimed the only Chingford wicket to fall, but it was little consolation to Upminster, although they put up more of a fight in their National Cup loss to Wanstead a day later.

Rahman took 4-35 as the Premier Division champions made 239-5, with Alan Ison hitting 69 as Upminster reached 204-9 in reply .

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