Weekend defeats were 'wake-up' call for Upminster Cricket Club says captain Alan Ison
PUBLISHED: 18:00 11 May 2016
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Skipper happy with bowling display on Saturday and believes his team will learn a lot from their two recent defeats
Upminster captain Alan Ison believes his team have learned a lot after suffering two defeats in different competitions last weekend.
They were edged out in their Essex League Division One opener at Orsett & Thurrock on Saturday by just 10 runs when chasing 205.
A day later they fell to an 81-run defeat to Premier Division and local rivals Hornchurch in the Royal London Club Championships.
Ison was pleased with their performance in the field on Saturday after Matt Tigg (2-62) and Shafiq Rahman (2-44) helped restrict the hosts to 204-9.
He said: “I think Orsett & Thurrock are quite a good team, they have Shahid Khan who is good with the ball. Paul Bennett is obviously a very good player. I didn’t know too many of the other people in their side.
“We didn’t start too well and I think they got to around 87-1 off 20 overs so to get restrict them to 204-9 was a really good effort. Shafiq and Matt did really well to tie them down to that score.”
Unfortunately Upminster’s chase began badly as Shahbaz Butt, who had been in fine form, was dismissed for a duck.
Frankie Hazle (32) and Ison (26) steadied the ship before number seven Terry Wyatt and eight Connor Whetstone nearly led their team home.
Wyatt went for 50 and Whetstone departed for 56 and the tail couldn’t wag enough as the visitors were bowled out for 194.
“It wasn’t the best of starts in reply. We lost our overseas batsman, but I felt we still had enough to chase it,” added Ison.
“Mw and Frankie put together a decent partnership and then we both played unnecessary shots. Terry and Connor batted really well and it was a shame we couldn’t get over the line, but lessons have been learnt.
“We got off to a great start this season with three wins from three and I think Saturday is a wake-up call for us. If we thought it was going to be easy this year we were wrong.
“I think we did have some positives from the weekend and of course a lot of negatives too, but if we can get them corrected we’ll be fine.”