It was another near miss for the 1st XI on Saturday as they fell to an agonizing three run defeat against Buckhurst Hill, despite a superb century from Louis Pickering.
Hill made an excellent start to their innings at Upminster Park but Ejaz Khan and Ollie Peck pegged back the visitors. Russ Beckett made a well constructed 56 for Hill before being removed by John Curtis, but 41 not out from Will Stoner helped his side to 247-7 from 50 overs. In reply Upminster lost Farid and Kiran Kullar early on but Pickering and Shahbaz recovered well. They put on 80 before Shahbaz fell for 42, but Nabeel Aziz joined Pickering and they took their side towards 200 before Aziz fell. Pickering eventually fell for 111 and with the run rate climbing Upminster could not scramble over the line. They welcome Woodford Wells to Upminster Park this Saturday. (Scorecard)
The 2nd XI continued their good form with an excellent win at Shenfield. James Evans, in a rich vein of form at present, made a classy 69 while plenty of other batsmen made starts. Adam Quested produced a busy half century (59*) and with help from Mark Schofield (29*) Upminster were able to make 244-6 from 45 overs. Will Chuter struck twice early on in the Shen reply before Shafiq Rahman ran through the middle order to leave Upminster on top. Ollie Heazle then claimed the last two wickets as Upminster won by 51 runs. (Scorecard)
Josh Lamont’s 3rd XI strengthened their grip at the top of the table with a crushing win in the local derby at Hornchurch. The skipper made 68 and half centuries from Steve Limn and Tom Daniels led the table-toppers to 213-5 from 45 overs. Tom Larke then produced a devastating spell of 5-39 to take out the Hornchurch top order before Scott Fisher claimed 3-29 to help his side to a 76 run triumph. (Scorecard)
It was another agonizing defeat for the 4th XI as they lost by two wickets to Chelmsford. Trey Collinge made an excellent 61 not out for Upminster and late support from Max Gordon and Ryan Brown meant they reached 172-8 from 45 overs. Chelmsford made a fast start in reply but Kevin Roome, Will Frost and Rohan Mayor produced excellent spells to put Upminster in charge. However, Matt Cole remained at the crease and his unbeaten 61 saw his side home with four balls to spare. (Scorecard)
Karim Govani continued his excellent batting form for the 5th XI with 58 at Loughton. Ben Calder, Callum Berry and Joe Simpson also made contributions as Govani’s side reached 229-9 from their 40 overs. Aalok Latey was then the star of the show with the ball, claiming 4-36 from his 8 overs as Upminster won by 31 runs. (Scorecard)
The 6th XI fell to defeat at Gidea Park and Romford 4s. Harry Rogers made a wonderful ton for Gidea, and despite two wickets for Liam Robertson, the home side were able to pile up 281-5 in their innings. Only Alex Fisher made much impact in the Upminster reply, as they were bowled out for 138. (Scorecard)
Sunday’s WW Double Header saw two closely fought contests. Jordan Tigg, Josh Lamont and Nathan Woods piled up the runs for the Govani Maestros in their first game of the 2018 competition. The Maestros made 193-4 against the Apple Finance Firebirds, with Kevin Roome the most impressive of the Birds attack. Nicky Ison made 51 not out as the Birds went in pursuit of victory and Louis Pickering made an unbeaten 50 as they neared their target. However the Birds over complicated things as they neared the finished line and the Maestros picked up a one run win!!! (Scorecard)
The Kushoom Bugh Tigers, and guests, picked up their second win of the competition as the 2017 champions, the Hunter Hurricanes, faltered again. The Canes made 131 in their innings before the Tigers produced a calm chase to pick up the points and move to the top of the table.
Updated 13:16 - 27 Jun 2018 by Paul Middlemiss