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Upminster's Tigg hands it to Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 July 2017

Matt Tigg in bowling action for Upminster, watched by Louis Pickering (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Matt Tigg in bowling action for Upminster, watched by Louis Pickering (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Captain honest after Essex League defeat

Hassan Chowdhury in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Hassan Chowdhury in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Upminster captain Matt Tigg held his hands up after his side’s Essex League Premier Division defeat at leaders Wanstead.

After seeing the hosts pile up 315-5, on the back of centuries from openers Arfan Akram (109) and Hassan Chowdhury (101), the visitors were dismissed for 181 at Overton Drive.

And Tigg was clear where the blame lie, saying: “Ultimately our fielding let us down and unfortunately it was pretty much all me.

“I think Hassan was dropped four times in his innings, which he will openly admit to and that’s what happens at this level if you drop them once they punish you.

Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“If you drop them four times, you deserve to be punished. We just weren’t good enough.

“They got to a total that is good over there and it’s always difficult to chase anything over 300.”

Feroze Khushi weighed in with an unbeaten 60 for the home side, while Connor Whetstone (4-59) escaped the carnage somewhat to prove the pick of Upminster’s bowling.

Shafiq Rahman (55) top scored in reply, with Alan Ison (31) and Louis Pickering (20) also making starts, but Upminster were always up against it.

Connor Whetstone took four wickets for Upminster against Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Connor Whetstone took four wickets for Upminster against Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Tigg added: “Our batting started pretty well. Louis again did a good job, Shaf was brilliant again with the bat, Alan did a great job of rebuilding, but unfortunately we just couldn’t carry on.

“We lost the toss. We probably would’ve batted first on that sort of deck. We came away with four points, which is better than we what have done so far this year in some games and we are slowly getting better.

“We’ve had good wins and we are now picking up points, which is something we were not doing at the beginning of the season.

“Wanstead is always a tough game. We can’t go into any game thinking ‘this is tough’, we’ve just got to pick up points. But those are the ones we’ve got to be a little bit more sensible with and come away with something.”

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