Upminster's senior indoor side stayed in contention for the Riverside Indoor League title with two wins on consecutive Sundays. Their third game of the season saw them face struggling Great Totham and Upminster racked up 123 despite failing to use three balls of their innings. Kiran Kullar and Nicky Ison got their side off to a solid start before Ellis Pickering made an excellent 29 to help his side to a challenging total. In reply John Curtis made early inroads into the Totham batting and finished with 3 for 6 as Upminster dismissed their opponents for just 30.
The following week they faced league leaders Broomhill Wanderers in what turned out to be a thrilling contest. Batting first Upminster were not at their best, but double figure contributions from Nicky Ison, Paul Middlemiss, Ellis Pickering, and 21 from Kiran Kullar helped them to a competitive 84-4. Curtis struck in the first over of the Wanderers reply, before skipper Ison and Louis Pickering reduced the early season pace setters to 39-4. Wanderers fought back but Ellis Pickering picked up the fifth wicket with 26 still needed and that left last man Scott Simmons on his own. He reduced the target to 13 but his partner was run out by the younger Pickering to give Upminster a 12 run win.
The U14/15 side have also picked up two recent wins in the Metropolitan Essex Indoor League. They overcame Robert Clack by 9 runs, thanks to an excellent innings from Ellis Pickering and a fine spell of bowling from Josh Mason before seeing off Loughton by 84 runs in their latest game. They now have three wins from three games played.
And the U11 side picked up their first win of the season with victory over Hutton Eesa Faheem was the pick of the Upminster bowlers (2-5) as Hutton were restricted to 38-4 from their 10 overs. Ross Taylor and Harry Lawes wasted no time in reply, knocking off the runs in just 2.4 overs, to give Upminster a six wicket win.
Updated 19:31 - 29 Nov 2017 by Kevin Roome