Week 4 of the league season saw some mixed results. The 1st XI faced Shenfield at Upminster Park on Saturday who reached a total of 251-8. The Upminster reply never got going and at tea they looked set for defeat. Alex Kirkpatrick had other ideas as he batted for an astonishing 174 balls to make 72 not out, and with support from Tigg and then Curtis made a draw 9 wickets down. The 2nd XI fell to a loss at Woodford Wells despite more runs for Farid Butt. The 3rd XI picked up had a hard fought win over Hainault and Clayhall at Coopers. Andrew Berry taking 5-33 as Hainault were hustled out for 123. In reply wickets fell but 51 not out from Paul Middlemiss saw them to a six wicket win. Skipper Josh Lamont was the all round hero for the 4th XI as they won again against Colchester at Castle Park. Lamont picked up three wickets and helped steer the side home batting. The 5th XI drew with West Essex 8 down Rafe Smallman made 72 for the 5s. The 6s fell to defeat at Gidea Park, Casey Adams 52 was the only score of note aof just 113 by Gidea Park 4s.
It was cup heartache for Upminster on the Sunday as they lost by one wicket to Southend in the League Cup Quarter Final. Louis Pickering and Matt Tigg helped recover from a woeful start to reach 168. Southend looked in control but John Curtis and Matt Tigg sparked a collapse and when the ninth wicket fell Southend still needed 10 more for victory. The last pair scrambled the required runs though to send Southend into the last four. Ryan Brown made his maiden half century for the Club as the Sunday 2nd XI tied their game with Orsett and Thurrock both sides scoring 135.
League week 5 saw the odd number teams struggle. The 1st XI fell to a comprehensive defeat against Southend as batting first subsided to 89 all out. The Whetstone brothers took a wicket each but Southend cruised home by eight wickets. The 2nd XI put in their best performance of the season to overcome Ilford making 221-9 from their 50 overs. In reply Ollie Peck (4-16) and Terry Wyatt (3-40) tbowled Ilford out for 99. The 3rd XI fell to their first defeat of the season at Brentwood Arun Kullar (5-36) dismissed Brentwood for 159. Upminster were then blown away in their reply and were 74-9 however, Scott Fisher (50*) and Karim Govani put on 56 for the last wicket before Govani's dismissal confirmed a 27 run defeat. It was a fourth win for the 4th XI as they eased past Walthamstow. 62 from Steve Limn the star in a 5 wicket win. The 5th XI fell to defeat to Wanstead at Campion. The 5s were shout out for just 136 and Wanstead then cruised home by five wickets. The 6th XI picked up a creditable draw with Chingford 4s. Chingford scoring 257-5 before declaring early, with Mohammad Shabab making 157 not out in just 39 overs. In reply Upminster's youngsters dug in and held on for the draw at 55-6.
On the Sunday there were Games 3 and 4 of the Windmill Whack which resulted in victories for the Hunter Hurricanes and Govani Maestros on a blustery afternoon at Upminster Park. Game 3 saw the Root 66ers make 128-3. Harry Jenkins led the way with 50 and he received good support from Janhoi Bean Wilson who made 36. Sam Twine picked up two victims as the Hurricanes chased down their target, but an unbeaten 43 from Matt Tigg saw the newly formed franchise to a five wicket win with nine balls to spare. Game 4 saw the Firebirds reach 158/3 thanks to James Evans (45), Louis Pickering (50)and Nicky Ison (44). The Maestros saw Alan Ison and James Redwood both make 50 to retire, but the firebirds hit back before Connor Whetstone remained calm to earn maestros victory.
League week 6 saw seven sides put out for the first time in the season as the games changed to limited over format. The 1st XI traveled to Colchester who reached 326-8 from their 50 overs. Wickets fell regularly in reply and it was left to Will Chuter to smash 51 from 43 balls to earn an extra batting pointin a total of 214. The 2s also faced Colchester in the reverse fixture runs between Farid, Shafiq Rahman, Nick O'Dell and Terry Wyatt helped the score to 287/7. In reply Peck took 4 more wickets in a 46 run win. There was a thrilling finish in the 3rd XI game at Buckhurst Hill as Upminster lost out by 8 runs. The 4th XI moved 30 points clear at the top of their division, with a 10 wicket win over Wanstead 5s. Karim Govani (5-11)shining with the ball again. The 5th XI overcame Buckhurst Hill at Campion. Youngster Ryan Brown picking up 5-17 as Hill were dismissed for 133. Paul Stratton (58) and Stewart Hammond (32*) securing a 5 wicket victory. The 6s fell to defeat at Oakfield Parkonians by 2 wickets despite 88 from George Sadek and 4 wickets for Casey Adams.
The 7th XI's first game of the season ended in defeat at Aztecs. Aztecs reached 240, despite two wickets each for Matthew Bright and David Brown. the 7s were all out for 119 with Brown top scoring with 24.
Midweek action saw Game 5 of the Windmill Whack as the Chairmans Choice defeated Govani Maestros by 27 runs. Shahbaz (50), Tom billinghurst (46) and Terry Wyatt (45) saw choice score 186/4. Nathan Woods hit 49 for the Maestros in their reply of 159/7
League week 7 saw important wins, the 1s shocked league leaders Chelmsford. Louis Pickering (97) and Shafiw Rahman (50) put on 145 to help the 1s make 245 before being dismissed in the last of their 50 overs. Chelmsford started their reply in positive fashion but Rahman (5-25) starred with the ball dismisseing Chelmsford for 163. The 2nd XI fell to defeat in the reverse fixture at Chelmer Park despite Farid hitting 61 in a total of 254-8. Chelmsford chased with overs and 6 wickets to spare. The 3rd XI game was insignificant after injury to Oliver White which required hospital treatment, Chelmsford were far ahead in the game so were awarded the win. The 4th XI suffered their first defeat of the season against Ilford 3s, but there was a win for the 5th XI against Fives and Heronians. Ollie Woods, Kevin Roome and Aalok Latey picked up three wickets dismissing Fives just 57. In reply Upminster slipped to 9-4 but Casey Adams and captain Scott Fisher saw them home without further alarm. There was also a first win of the season for the 6th XI as they overcame Harlow Town to pick up 20 points. The Calders, Ray and Ben, all made important contributions as Upminster made 181-9 from their 40 overs. Dave Brown, Ben Hamberger, Alex Fisher and Matther Bright then shared the wickets as Town were shot out for 91.
The Sunday League side defeated Belhus thanks to 53 from Josh Lamont and four wickets from Julian Whetstone. 13 year old Ellis Pickering made his maiden senior half century (73) as the Sunday 2nd XI lost out in a a friendly in Rayleigh.
Game 6 of the Windmill Whack saw a thriller between the Kings and Hunter Hurricanes. Batting first the Hurricanes could only make 121/7 thanks to Michael Larke (52*) and Shafiq Rahman (21). Despite early wickets the Kings looked to be chasing the total until a combined bowling spell of 6/13 by Jack O'Dowd and Michael Jones which included the Kings star players and a 7 run victory for the Hunter Hurricanes
TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE MONTH: 1st XI v Chelmsford, SNEL, defeating the league leaders through excellent team and personal performances. (Scorecard)
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE MONTH: Shafiq Rahman 50 & 10-0-25-5 vs Chelmsford (Scorecard)
Updated 12:56 - 7 Oct 2017 by Kevin Roome