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By Paul Middlemiss
21 June
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1st XI look to pick up consecutive league wins as they face Hutton


After picking up a brilliant win over Harold Wood last Saturday, the 1st XI will be looking to make it back to back victories as they face Hutton at Upminster Park. Harry Jenkins, Shaffiq Rahman and Terry Wyatt starred with the bat in last week’s win, and Louis Pickering and Nicky Ison shone with the ball, and those five players will all be looking to follow up on those positive performances. Upminster still prop up the table despite the win at Wood, but they know another victory will lift them towards mid table. Hutton will be led by former Upminster all rounder, and current Kushoom Bugh Tiger, Julian Whetstone and his brother Conor will also line up for the visitors who currently sit in mid-table. Hutton missed out on promotion on the last day of last season and with overseas star Vivian Paver coming into form in recent weeks they will be looking for a win to take them towards the top two.

The 2nd XI are still looking for their first win of the season as they travel to Oakfield Parkonians. Billy Wright’s men looked set for that illusive victory at home to Hornchurch last week, but two dramatic batting collapses saw Hornchurch pick up a 25 run win. That was their first defeat of the season having previously drawn their first five games, and they had played well in a number of those contests. Parkonians are playing in the top division for the first time in their history and they have made a solid start to their campaign. They currently sit in mid-table but did fall to a heavy defeat at Wickford last weekend. Josh Lamont has been in the runs for Upminster in the opening weeks of the season, and his side will be hoping he can continue that form and help them to pick up their first 20 point haul.

Rookie captain Oliver White will be hoping his side can continue their impressive form as they face a trip to Loughton. White’s side picked up their third consecutive win last time out, as they overcame Chelmsford by eight wickets. That followed a remarkable win over Wanstead & Snaresbrook and a hard fought derby success over Hornchurch. Loughton are back in the top flight after several seasons away, and they have picked up one win so far to lay eighth in the table. They fell to a heavy defeat at Harlow last weekend will be looking to put that behind them and pick up their second win of the season.

The 4th XI welcome Buckhurst Hill to Coopers for a mid-table clash. Hill currently lie in fourth place with 70 points while Stewart Hammond’s side sit a point behind in fifth. Hammond’s men would have been a place higher had they managed to claim two runs from the final ball of their game at Orsett last week, but they could only manage one and secured a thrilling tie against the league leaders. Hill picked up a convincing win in their last game, against Belhus, and their batsmen have been in good form in the opening weeks of the season. Hammond and Ian Munn will be expected to score the runs for their side with Garry Carr not in the eleven, while with the ball Kevin Roome will be looking to follow up his excellent spell in last Sunday’s league contest with Chelmsford.

Buckhurst Hill are also the opponents for the 5th XI tomorrow, with Upminster looking to bounce back from defeat at league leaders West Essex 3s last weekend. That loss bought to an end a fine run of form for Alex Bottoms’ men that had seen them move in to promotion contention. Hill picked up an impressive win last week over high flying Oakfield Parkonians, so Upminster know they will be in for a tough afternoon at Hill’s picturesque High Road ground.

On Sunday Nicky Ison leads the Sunday league side as they take on Bardoli. Upminster suffered their first defeat of the season at Chelmsford last week but are still sitting in the play off places after three wins in their opening three games.

Meanwhile Dave Brown’s Friendly XI travel to Epping looking to keep their 100% record intact #daveyisatthewheel

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