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Weather Interrupts First League Weekend Of Season

By Paul Middlemiss

Rain denies 1st XI of probable victory, but 3rd XI find time to pick up first day win

The weather meant it was a frustrating weekend for the Club, but despite the rain there was time for the 3rd XI to get their campaign off to a winning start.

At Upminster Park the conditions eventually denied the home side a victory against Harold Wood. Ejaz Khan made full use of the overcast skies to take out the Wood top order on his way to figures of 4-32, and although the visitors lower order offered some resistance the tail was eventually swept away by Mo Rahim who took 5-30 to help dismiss Wood for 135.

Shaffiq Rahman and Kiran Kullar made a good start to the Upminster reply, before Shahbaz Khan trapped Rahman in front for 16. Kullar and Louis Pickering had then reached 41-1 before the weather became to much and the game was abandoned. Nicky Ison's men will make the short journey to Gallows Corner to face Gidea Park and Romford next weekend. (Scorecard)

The 2nd XI had a similar affair in the reverse fixture at Harold Wood Park, albeit the situation was the other way around!!! James Evans (30) and Mark Schofield got the visitors off to a good start but when they went wickets fell at regular intervals. It was left to Arun Kullar and the skipper, Ollie Peck, to add some late runs which meant Upminster reached 156 all out. In reply Wood had reached 52-0, albeit from 21.5 overs, when the weather brought a halt to proceedings. (Scorecard)

As is often the case, while other results were up and down the 3rd XI were comfortable winners and moved to the top of the early standings. Veterans Mark D'Cruz (4-29) and Andrew Berry did the early damage and Harlow were never able to recover. Captain Josh Lamont and spinner Nathan Bright then picked up two wickets apiece as Harlow were rolled out for 87. Steve Limn fell early in the chase, but Tom Daniels and Jordan Tigg batted nicely. Tigg fell for 21 but Daniels made 43 not out as Upminster cruised home by eight wickets. (Scorecard)

The weather followed a different pattern for the 4th XI, rain early and then dry later, but it was not enough to stop Upminster sliding to defeat. Ant Limn made 25 as Upminster reached 30-0, but from that point onwards it was all downhill as the visitors struggled to adjust to the conditions and crawled to 94-9 from 34 overs (the game played under a reduced format). Ryan Brown and Max Gordon struck early in the reply to leave Old Southendians 5-2, but Zac Impey dug in and helped the Old Boys recover. Kevin Roome picked up three wickets to give Upminster renewed hope, but Impey remained and made 44 not out to lead his side to a four wicket win. (Scorecard)

The 5th XI game was another victim of the weather, as they travelled to Buckhurst Hill. Hill batted first and made a good start through Chauhan and Wijesooriya, but Upminster fought back mainly thanks to the unlikely bowling combination of Mike Larke (4-33) and David Cowley (3-22). Hill were eventually dismissed for 183 but the weather worsened during tea and the game was abandoned. (Scorecard)

There was a little more action as the 6th XI entertained Chingford at Campion, but the rain won out in the end, ruining a chance of an exciting finish. Upminster made 190 all out in their innings, mainly thanks to Callum Berry and Casey Adams, before Chingford reached 90-4 in reply when conditions got to much and play was brought to a close. (Scorecard)

The Sunday League game with Bardoli was called off as the Upminster Park square was saturated, but the Sunday 2s enjoyed an excellent game at Woodford Green. Green made 153 all out from the last ball of their 40 overs, before Upminster made 148-6 in reply. Nathan Woods made a half century and Callum Berry was again in the runs (28). (Scorecard)

Updated 08:20 - 17 May 2018 by Paul Middlemiss

Where next?

1st XI Face Another Local Derby - League Week 2 Preview 2nd and 6th XIs also face local opposition while Sunday sees WW III get underway
League Season Begins This Saturday Finally the competitive action gets underway, with six sides in action on Saturday


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