SNEL Week 14 - Review

SNEL Week 14 - Review

By Paul Middlemiss
11th August
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Disappointment for 1s and 2s despite Curtis hattrick, but joy for shorthanded 3s and 5s


The 1st XI's battle to avoid the drop will continue for a while yet after they fell to defeat against Gidea Park and Romford in the derby at Gallows Corner. Batting first several of the visitors' top order got starts, but with nobody going on to make a significant contribution Upminster fell to 110-6. Experienced hands Terry Wyatt and Shaffiq Rahman both dug in to make 31 each, but Upminster's total of 170 all out looked a little under par. Gidea reached 138-2 in reply and they appeared to be cruising to victory but John Curtis had other ideas. He removed Sam Hewitt for 56 and then claimed a stunning hattrick as the home side fell to 140-6. Curtis and Nicky Ison claimed a further wicket each, but Ubaid Kiani held his nerve to make 45 not out and see his side to a two wicket win with just two balls to spare.

The 2nd XI fell back into the drop zone after a poor display against fellow strugglers Wickford. Upminster decided to bat first but lost wickets at regular intervals to fall into big trouble. Will Frost and Rob Mack helped Upminster to rebuild but when they both fell Upminster collapsed again, and despite 14 from Scott Fisher they were dismissed for 116. Jamie Went claimed 3-26 for the visitors. Scott Fisher and Ellis Pickering both picked up early wickets in the Wickford reply, and Josh Lamont then helped reduce the visitors to 84-6, but Bobby Carey remained defiant and his 20 not out saw Wickford to a three wicket win.

The 10 man 3rd XI stayed in the title race with a convincing win over Wanstead and Snaresbrook at Coopers. Pete Thompson was taken ill shortly before the game and could not play meaning Ollie White's side were a man down. Upminster's top order missed out and it was left to Rohan Mayor, Tom Larke and captain White to take them a competitive total of 161. The visitors never looked in the hunt and collapsed against Will Bottoms and Luke Williams who picked up three wickets each as Wanstead were shot out for just 68 leaving White's side second in the table with four games to go.

The 4th XI put in a poor performance at Nutter lane against their Wanstead and Snaresbrook counterparts. Tom Bentley (73) and Balraj Ryatt (51) were in the runs as Wanstead amassed an impressive 276-6. In reply Upminster never got going and were eventually bowled out for 125.

Despite only having eight men, the 5th XI picked up a win against South Woodford 4s at Campion. Stand in captain Alex Ward made a brilliant century as Upminster made 207-5 before an excellent effort in the field saw South bowled out for just 116.

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