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Essex League: Upminster sink Woodford Wells for first win

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 July 2018

John Curtis of Upminster celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

John Curtis of Upminster celebrates taking a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Upminster claimed their first win of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One season in style, with a convincing display against Woodford Wells.

Captain Nick Ison chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Farid Butt get his side off to a flying start, hitting three sixes and nine fours in his 74 from 51 balls.

Butt put on 101 with Kiran Kullar, who added another 122 runs for the second wicket with fellow teen Louis Pickering.

Pickering, a week after his maiden century, scored 66 off 67 balls with nine fours, before Shahbaz Butt struck a quick 26 off 18 balls.

Kullar fell for 70, after hitting eight fours, to leave the hosts 274-4, but Alan Ison clubbed 42 off just 21 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours to take them past the 300-run mark.

James Evans (22) and Ejaz Khan produced late cameos as the total reached 365-9, with Nigel Holmes (4-64) and Jonathan Gaffney (4-73) shared most of the wickets to fall.

Wells lost Christopher Hall cheaply in reply, as Khan struck, before Oliver Peck and John Curtis (2-17) combined to reduce them to 43-5.

Wells captain Gaffney held firm at one end but saw partners fall at the other as Wells were dismissed for 152 inside 35 overs.

Peck finished as the pick of the Upminster bowling with 4-12 from his 10 overs, while Nabeel Aziz (2-39) nabbed a brace to help secure victory.

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