Upminster’s seconds win at Buckhurst Hill after excellent team display

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 May 2017

Farid Butt in batting action for Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Farid Butt in batting action for Upminster (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Encouraging weekend for seconds and thirds while Alex Halliwell’s unbeaten 109 can’t help fourth-team to victory

It wasn’t just a good weekend for Upminster’s first-team, as the seconds and thirds also chalked up wins.

Ollie Peck’s twos cruised to a nine wicket win at Buckhurst Hill after an excellent team display.

The skipper finished with three wickets, as Hill were dismissed for just 136 at Roding Lane Ground.

Farid Butt continued his excellent start to 2017 with 80 before youngster Kiran Kullar struck 35 not out to see Peck’s team home.

Meanwhile the thirds also tasted success on the road, as they beat Woodford Wells by eight wickets.

The hosts were going well before Mark D’Cruz took matters into his own hands and claimed 7-30 from his 8.1 overs.

Wells could only must 151 and it always looked too short of a competitive total and it proved the case.

Despite losing two early wickets, Adam Quested (65*) and Elliot Bussey (73*) earned the thirds a fine victory.

Upminster’s fourth had to settle for a draw with their Hornchurch rivals at Coopers Coborn School, but it was a day to remember for Alex Halliwell.

The young wicket-keeper batted throughout the innings and ended unbeaten on 109, as his team declared on 244-5.

Matthew McCarthy backed up the opener with 49, but Hornchurch dug in for a hard fought draw.

Karim Govani (3-10) and Rob Bannister (2-13) did their best to dismiss their rivals, but they ended on 126-8 from 55 overs.

Scott Fisher’s fifth-team lost a thrilling encounter at home to Shenfield at Campion School last Saturday.

Don Triggs picked up 3-49 from nine overs while Michael Jones took 4-11 as the visitors were all out for 131.

Alex Bottoms’ 25 was Upminster’s top score, though, as they were dismissed for 125 despite a valiant effort from final pair Triggs (16) and Kevin Roome (14*).

The sixth-team were able to salvage a draw at Brentwood, as the hosts scored 246 before being dismissed.

Brian Martin claimed 3-15 from his four overs while Will Frost (2-44) was among the wickets.

Upminster struggled in reply, however, and were indebted to Max Gordon’s 35 and Nathan Brown’s 27.

Last pair Trevor Bright (10*) and Josh Mason (0*) then dug in to ensure the sixth-team didn’t taste defeat, as they finished on 125-9.

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