Upminster must change luck this weekend and rediscover winning feeling, says skipper

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 June 2018

Upminster all-rounder Louis Pickering appeals for a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Upminster all-rounder Louis Pickering appeals for a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The basement side went so close to victory on Saturday and will aim to finally end their barren run against Woodford Wells

Upminster captain Nicky Ison is well aware of how important this weekend is for the club if they are to enjoy an improved second half of the 2018 campaign.

After losing by three runs against Buckhurst Hill last Saturday, the 2016 Essex League Division One champions remain bottom of the second tier.

Directly ahead of Upminster are ninth-placed Woodford Wells on 66 points – 24 points better off than Ison’s team with seven of the 18 fixtures completed.

The two clubs in the relegation zone meet tomorrow (Saturday) at Upminster Park and the basement side are set to have one of their best players available again.

“We have Alan (Ison) back, so I am sure that will give us a big boost and we know this weekend is important,” said Nicky Ison.

“On Sunday we have T20 finals day, so hopefully we can get some really good results over the next few days and we can turn our luck around.

“If we could beat Woodford Wells it could change everything for us, so fingers crossed our first league win is around the corner.”

After Saturday’s Division One battle, Upminster can take their minds off a potential relegation battle and focus on trying to win silverware on Sunday.

Ison’s team will take on league rivals Colchester and East Essex at Billericay CC (11.30am start) and will hope to get past them.

If they do, they will face one of Brentwood or Hornchurch in the final later in the day with plenty of bragging rights maybe at stake.

Upminster performed well to make it through to finals day by beating Hadleigh & Thundersley and Billericay on May 28 and will hope for more success on Sunday.

In last year’s tournament, they reached the final after defeating Hornchurch in the last-four, but couldn’t see off Wanstead in the final and finished as runners-up.

“We are really looking forward to Sunday and we have already showed what we can do in this competition,” said Ison.

“In this format it only takes one player to win you a game and we have a number of people who can perform in the short format.

“We reached the final last year so we know what it takes to make it through the semi-final and hopefully we can do the same.

“If we could reach the final it would be great to get one over one of our biggest rivals, so we’ll go there, have some fun and see what happens on the day.”

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