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Upminster Upset The Odds To Defeat Colchester

By Paul Middlemiss

Marvellous century from Shahbaz leads 1st XI to best victory of the season

The 1st XI's remarkable recent form continued with a fine win over high-flying Colchester and East Essex at Castle Park. After five wins in six weeks Ollie Peck's men travelled in confident mood, but Colchester started the day in second place. Ejaz Khan and John Curtisbowled well upfront for the visitors but a marvellous 109 from Joe MacGregor put Colchester into a good position to set a competitive score. Nabeel Aziz bowled well once again to peg back the home side and Louis Pickering picked up two late wickets as Colchester finished on 235-7.

Farid and Kiran Kullar got the Upminster reply off to an excellent start putting on 77 for the first wicket but when Farid fell for 59 the innings stalled. Shahbaz settled in though and was joined with 45 still needed by Aziz. They inched Upminster towards the line and then Shahbaz cut loose in the 47th over striking the ball to the fence four times to take his side to victory and reaching exactly 100 with the winning boundary. (Scorecard)

After a fine recent run the 2nd XI bandwagon came to a halt as they were well beaten by Chelmsford at Upminster Park. With captain Billy Wright bowling well and picking up two wickets the Chelmsford innings was in the balance at 122-5. Rob Catchpole and Lee Cranmer then took the game away from Upminster with a crucial 6th wicket partnership. They both made half centuries at better than a run a ball, and although Mark D'Cruz picked up two late wickets to finish with 3-39, the visitors innings closed on 254-9. Seven Upminster batsmen made it to double figures in reply, but the home side kept losing wickets at crucial times and Tom Daniels excellent 40 was to little to late as his side were bowled out for 172. (Scorecard)

The 3rd XI moved a step closer to their first ever Premier Division crown with a comfortable win over Hainault and Clayhall. Fine opening spells from Andrew Berry and Tom Larke put Hainault under pressure that they could not recover from and Oliver White picked up four wickets as the strugglers were dismissed for 84. Number nine Atif Malik top scored for his side with 29. Upminster reached 30-0 in reply but then slipped to 38-3 and 54-4 until Pete Thompson and Rob Mack saw their side home without any further alarms. (Scorecard)

A disappointing performance from the 4th XI saw them fall to defeat at Loughton. Chasing 187 for victory the innings never got going and only Will Frost's 40 enabled them to reach three figures as they were all out for 110. (Scorecard)

The 5th XI picked up a win as Shenfield 4s were forced to concede, but the 6th XI fell to defeat at home to Oakfield Parkonians. Having been bowled out for just 61 Ray Calder's men did put up a fight and picked up five Parkonians wickets, but they fell to a five wicket defeat. (Scorecard)

Sunday saw the Sunday League side on the brink of qualification for the Play Offs with a 97 win over Harold Wood. Nabeel Aziz made an excellent half century and Dave Brown made 36 to help Upminster reach 187. Ryan Brown and Louis Pickering then ripped out the Wood top order, and although number nine Craig Sampson made 35 Wood were bowled out for 90. Victory against Gorebrook would ensure qualification (Scorecard)

Updated 12:26 - 15 Aug 2018 by Paul Middlemiss

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