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1st XI Pick Up Crucial Victory

2 months ago By Paul Middlemiss

First four sides all claim wins on best weekend of the season so far

The 1st XI continued their excellent recent form with a fine victory over Hainault and Clayhall. A second wicket partnership of 124 between youngsters Louis Pickering and Kiran Kullar was the backbone of the Upminster innings. Pickering made 73 and Kullar 56, and along with six other double figure contributions the visitors were able to reach 254-8 from their 50 overs. Sadaif Mehdi picked up four wickets for the home side.

In reply Irfan Shah and Mousshin Ismail put Hainault into a good position, but the spin combination of Shafiq Rahman, Ollie Peck and Nabeel Aziz turned the game Upminster's way. Rahman picked up 6-40 as wickets tumbled quickly and Hainault were dismissed for 203. (Scorecard)

The 2nd XI stayed in the hunt for the Premier Division title with a hard fought win over Ilford at Upminster Park. Nathan Woods and Jordan Tigg were in the runs early on for the home side, but a quick flurry of wickets put Upminster on the back foot. Ollie Heazle and Terry Wyatt then rebuilt and helped Upminster past the 200 mark, before skipper Billy Wright plundered 15 from the last over to take his side to 234-7. Ilford made a fast start in reply, with Maz Malik and Pronob Roy picking up boundaries with ease, but when Wright removed Roy the game changed in Upminster's favour. Wright also removed Malik, with a stunning caught and bowled, and the captain ended up with 3-29 as he and Mark Schofield ran though the lower order to dismiss the visitors for 200. (Scorecard)

After their first defeat of the season last week, the 3rd XI got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Harold Wood. A disciplined bowling performance from the five bowlers used was the key as Wood struggled to get going. Rob White's 2-16 was the stand out performance for Josh Lamont's side as Wood finished on 189-9. Upminster slipped to 40-4 in reply but Dan Tyler and White rescued the innings. White fell for 35 but Tyler went on to make an unbeaten 59 and received excellent support from Ant Limn (49*) as Upminster picked up a five wicket win. (Scorecard)

The 4th XI kept alive their hopes of avoiding the drop by picking up a fine win against Wickford 3s. Stew Hammond (40) and Ian Munn (46) laid the foundations with an excellent second wicket partnership, before Rob Mack (45) and Ellis Pickering (23*) saw Upminster to 200-7. Joe Taylor and Naeem Aslam got the Wickford reply off to an excellent start but when Pickering removed both of them the Wickford innings collapsed. Pickering finished with 3-34 and all of the Upminster bowlers did a fine job as Wickford were bowled out for 189. (Scorecard)

The 5th XI fell to defeat in a high scoring encounter with West Essex 3s. Miftha Islam and Azhar Ali made half centuries for West and despite two wickets for Callum Berry the visitors were able to pile up 260-5. Jamie Squance made a fine half century as the Upminster chase started well, but wickets fell at regular intervals, and despite an unbeaten 38 from Alex Bottoms Karim Govani's men finished on 216-8. (Scorecard)

A sociable 6th XI put in a good performance against their Wanstead counterparts, but ended up losing by eight wickets. Skipper Ray Calder made 72 and received excellent support from the returning Keith Pedrick as Upminster battled to 174-5. Michael Jones then picked up two early wickets to reduce Wanstead to 12-2 but a fine unbeaten century from youngster Oliver Arnold helped the home side to a comfortable win. (Scorecard)

The weather caused Sunday's League clash at Belhus to be called off with both sides picking up six points.

Updated 08:40 - 2 Aug 2018 by Paul Middlemiss

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Benefit Match - Programmes Now Available Annual match takes place on Sunday 2nd September
Colts Knockout Games Put Back Due To Weather U9s and U12s will have to wait for semi-finals while U11s also progress to knockout stages

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