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Upminster's Tigg 'would love' to topple Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 July 2017

Upminster's Matt Tigg celebrates taking a wicket (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Upminster's Matt Tigg celebrates taking a wicket (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Upminster captain Matt Tigg admits he would dearly love to earn a derby win over Hornchurch in their Essex League Premier Division meeting this weekend, writes Lee Power.

A midweek T20 triumph at Colchester has given Tigg’s men a boost, following a heavy loss at Wanstead last weekend which left them 23 points adrift of safety.

And he says success on Saturday would be a real tonic as the season reaches its midway point.

“I’ve always played for Upminster and love beating Hornchurch, there’s nothing better than that. Them and Brentwood,” said Tigg.

“We’ve done Brentwood twice already, Hornchurch would really put the cherry on top.

“Hopefully we can go in with the same intensity that we’ve gone in for the Brentwood and Chelmsford games and to some extent the Wanstead game last week.

“We go in with a high intensity, we prepare well. We’re lucky we’ve got people helping out at the club with drills before the game and there’s no reason why we can’t do well against them.”

Nonetheless, Tigg is well aware of the dangers lurking in Roy Smith’s Hornchurch side, who will be smarting from their penultimate over loss to Brentwood.

Tigg added: “Everyone knows Billy Gordon is a quality player, we know that first-hand with him having been with us.

“And I know full well the new guys bowling have done very well. We’ve heard good stories on them from other teams, just saying who to watch out for.

“They’re a good club, they play really well at the top level and we’ve got to play to the best of our ability to get something.”

Upminster certainly gave their best in the field to seal a tense eight-run win at Castle Park on Tuesday, after being held to 124-9 by Colchester in their T20 quarter-final.

Tigg said: “It’s brilliant, after what has so far been a tough season, with some bright patches.

“Having something like finals day is a great achievement for us and it’s something we can build on. We always have a good chance in the T20 and have been to finals day a couple of times.”

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