The 1st XI will be looking to break their SNEL duck for the season tomorrow, as they welcome Gidea Park and Romford to Upminster Park. The fixture is being sponsored by Dave Lock of Locksafe Windows, and Ollie Peck and his side will be hoping the match sponsors bring them a change of fortune. Runs have not been in short supply in recent weeks, with Shahbaz Butt, Louis Pickering, Kiran Kullar and Harry Jenkins all in the runs, but wickets have been hard to come by. John Curtis returns having missed the defeat at Southend last week, and experienced all-rounders James Aggio Brewe and Terry Wyatt also come into the side to give Peck more options with the ball. Gidea Park broke their own duck last week with an impressive win over Woodford Wells, and they currently sit two places above Upminster in the Division One table.
The unbeaten 2nd XI travel to Wickford also looking for their first win of the season after four draws so far. Billy Wright and his men have put in some excellent performances so far, particularly in the last two weeks at Wanstead and at home to Ilford, and have been picking up valuable bonus points along the way. Wickford were well beaten at Wanstead last time out, but did pick up an impressive victory over Woodford Wells in an excellent contest in Week 3. The two sides sit just outside the relegation zone at the present time, with Wickford in 8th and Upminster in 7th.
The table topping 3rd XI go to Nutter Lane to face Wanstead and Snaresbrook in one of the most played fixtures of recent years. Both sides are normally found at the top end of the table competing for the title, with Wanstead being serial winners of the division and Upminster having finally claimed their first Premier Division title last season. Upminster head the table again this term, but Wanstead are currently sitting at the foot of the division. That situation is sure to change though, and Ollie White will know his side are in for a tough afternoon. The captain helped to mastermind an 18 run win over local rivals Hornchurch last week, while Wanstead slid to defeat at Harlow. Games at Nutter Lane have been excellent contests over the years and Upminster’s experienced line up will be hoping for another victory tomorrow.
The 4th XI also play Wanstead and Snaresbrook, this time at Campion School. Upminster started the season well with a win over Frenford but have since slipped to three consecutive defeats, despite being in good positions in all of those games. Captain Stewart Hammond has been in the runs, as have Gary Carr and Ian Munn, but the side will be looking to find some consistency over the coming weeks. Wanstead sit in mid-table at the moment and drew with Belhus last week, despite having much the better of the match for most of the afternoon.
Looking to keep up their unbeaten start to the season, the 5th XI will travel to South Woodford. Alex Bottoms’ men picked up an impressive eight wicket win over Brentwood last week, which followed up on a friendly win over Oakfield Parkonians and an excellent win over Shenfield. South Woodford currently sit bottom of the table, so will be determined to pick up their first win of the season this weekend.
For the first time this season the 6th XI will be in friendly action. They will make the short journey to take on old friends Goresbrook 4th XI.
On Sunday there is just the one senior fixture this week. The Sunday League side will entertain Buckhurst Hill and will be looking to keep up their 100% record having picked up wins over Benfleet and Goresbrook so far.
There are also several colts teams in action on Sunday morning, including the U12s who go to Wanstead and Snaresbrook in the Brian Taylor Trophy.