SNEL Week 11 - Review

SNEL Week 11 - Review

By Paul Middlemiss
21st July
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2s produce best performance of season and 4th XI move towards top of the table


Despite the 1st XI's narrow defeat to Shenfield there was good news elsewhere for the Club on Saturday and Sunday. At Chelmsford Road Upminster reduced promotion chasing Shenfield to 52-6 thanks to John Curtis, Louis Pickering and Scott Fisher. However, the experienced Jack Kliber combined with Tom Ballington in a crucial seventh wicket partnership of 125 to help their side get back into the game. Curtis returned to the attack to remove both men, and claimed the final two wickets as Shenfield were bowled out for 203. Curtis returned season best figures of 6-35. The Upminster innings followed a similar pattern, with Harry Jenkins men being reduced to 60-5. Tom Daniels and Terry Wyatt led the recovery, but Daniels' dismissal for 23 saw the visitors slump to 148-8. However, Wyatt was joined by John Curtis and the two men continued the fight. Upminster reached 183-8 and looked set for a famous victory before Wyatt fell for 71. Curtis and Scott Fisher took the game to the last over but with 13 needed from five balls Curtis was stumped for 20 and Upminster were all out for 191. (Scorecard)

At Upminster Park it was the home side who took the honours in the reverse fixture between the two sides. Frank Hazle made 44 as Upminster reached 81-1, but two quick wickets from Jack Newton reduced Upminster to 85-4. Josh Lamont and Will Chuter dug in and then began to accelerate as Upminster took control. Lamont made 51 and Chuter contributed 32 but from 173-4 Upminster were bowled out for 206. Alex Rickenback claimed three wickets for Shenfield. The score looked a competitive one, if not a huge one, and Tom Larke and Will Chuter made it look an even better one as they claimed the first five wickets between them as Shenfield fell to 65-5, Chuter with 4-28. Jack Newton and Rickenback tried to haul their team back into the game, but they both fell LBW to the spin of Lamont and Mark Schofield then mopped up the tail, aided by some excellent fielding from the Upminster side, as Shenfield were bowled out for 143. (Scorecard)

It was a bad day at the office for the 3rd XI as they were well beaten by Woodford Wells at Monkhams Lane, and they lost their top spot in the process. Matt Mccarthy made 47 and Ellis Pickering was left stranded on 25 not out as three wickets for Freddie Britt helped bowl out Ollie White's side for 135. Guy Peddy and Ashish Gandhi put on a century for the opening wicket in the Wells reply, and although Peddy was run out for 60 Gandhi made an unbeaten 52 as Wells coasted to victory. (Scorecard)

The 4th XI moved into title contention with a six wicket win over Old Southendians. A fine all round bowling performance saw Ryan Brown claim three wickets and Kevin Roome, Nathan Bright and Karim Govani claim two each as Southendians were rolled out for 124. Rohan Mayor and Ian Munn helped put Upminster into a good position as they chased down their total, before captain Stewart Hammond and Nathan Bright helped see their side to a comfortable win. (Scorecard)

Five wickets for Aaolk Latey was not enough to stop the 5th XI falling to defeat against Shenfield 4s. Latey claimed 5-41 in a fine spell of bowling, but 42 from Marc Carter took Shenfield to 152-9. Upminster never got going in reply and although David Cowley and Mike Jones put up a late fight, Upminster were bowled out for just 65. (Scorecard)

The Matchplay side took a huge step towards the quarter finals on Sunday with a nine wicket win over Oakfield Parkonians. Parkonians were bowled out for 134 at Coopers and Kiran Kullar and Harvey Daniels continued their excellent form in the competition to take their side to victory. A win at West Essex will guarantee their place in the last eight. (Scorecard)

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