After 17 years in the top division, and seven top three finishes during that time, the 3rd XI finally claimed the Premier Division title on Saturday afternoon.
They and opponents Woodford Wells had gone into the final game level on points, and when Upminster fell to 15-4 and 59-6 it looked as though the title was heading to Monkhams Lane. But Upminster recovered to post 177 and then bowled out Wells for 163, with just 8 balls remaining, to seal the title. It was a fitting finale to the season, and credit must go to Wells and both umpires for ensuring the game was played in a tremendous season throughout.
The 4th XI also completed the great escape as they overcame South Woodford, and other results went their way, meaning they avoided the drop. Upminster made 224-2 at Highfield Road before bowling out South for 144 to pick up the 25 points. A tense evening then ensued as the wait for other results continued, but confirmation was then received that the side had survived, and actually climbed two places to finish in 7th.
The side did not win their first game until week 9 of the season, and were in the bottom two for most the season, so a huge congratulations must go to Stewart Hammond and the team for their performances in the second half of the season.
Full reports on these games and on all other weekend matches will be available soon.
Updated 13:59 - 16 Sep 2018 by Paul Middlemiss