Despite the first bout of bad weather in the 20 years of the Benefit Match the game with an Essex CCC XI was still a huge success.
In a thrilling finish to the game John Curtis struck two from the final ball of the match, bowled by Upminster U9 captain Ross Taylor, to secure a tie, with Upminster finishing on 205-9, just one short of their revised target of 206 from 25 overs.
The day would not have been possible without the efforts of so many people who we would like to thank for their efforts. Firstly to all the many club members who have helped to put things in place for the game over the last few weeks, and throughout today. There are to many people to mention individually but thank you. To our friends from the 1st Upminster Scout Group for once again running the tea tent and helping to keep everyone fed and watered (especially the cups of tea on a cold day like yesterday).
To the scorers, umpires and MC and DJ Team for their efforts on a cold afternoon. To our youngest colts players and their parents who braved the wind and rain at tea to take part in the days proceedings. To the players from both sides, and especially to Essex captain Nick Browne, for refusing to be beaten by the weather and providing an entertaining contest.
To our President David Parish for his hospitality in looking after our guests and sponsors in the Pavilion. To the Upminster public for turning out once again in such numbers despite the bad weather. The day would not be possible without your support and would also not be worthwhile without so many of you wanting to come along and support the club and the event.
And finally to our very generous sponsors for your support today and throughout the year, especially our main sponsor Hunter & Co. Your support enables us to lay on these occasions, and work on a number of other projects during the Year, and everyone at Upminster Cricket Club is appreciative of your continuous generosity.
Updated 19:11 - 11 Sep 2017 by Paul Middlemiss