After back to back wins over Harold Wood and Hutton, the 1st XI will be looking to make it three in a row tomorrow as they travel to Fives and Heronians. After four defeats and a draw in their first five games things were not looking good for Upminster, but two excellent all round performances have helped to lift the gloom. Louis Pickering and Nicky Ison have been in the wickets in those two victories, and while Ison is not in the side this week, Pickering will be hoping to continue his good form. Fives have settled well to life in Division One after promotion in 2018, and have picked up four wins so far to sit fourth in the table. They will be looking to recover from a defeat at Woodford Wells last week, where they went down by three wickets in a high scoring contest.
The 2nd XI face a tough challenge as they entertain Brentwood at Upminster Park. Upminster are without a win so far this season, and although they picked up five draws in the early weeks of the season, they have fallen to defeats against Hornchurch and Oakfield Parkonians in their last two outings as their batting has slipped up. Josh Lamont has been in good form with bat and ball so far, and Sam Twine has also shown his all round ability, and they will need to perform again tomorrow. Brentwood currently sit top of the Premier Division table and have fives wins from seven games so far. They picked up a crucial win last Saturday when they overcame high-flying Hornchurch in a low scoring contest.
It is a big game for Oliver White’s 3rd XI as they welcome Shenfield to Coopers for a top of the table clash. Upminster sit at the head of the table after seven weeks, while Shenfield lie third in the Premier Division standings. White’s side are on a four match winning streak having seen off Loughton last week to follow up on wins over Chelmsford, Wanstead and Hornchurch. Shenfield have picked up four wins from seven up to now, but they did suffer their second defeat of the season against Harlow last week. There have been a number of tight games between these two sides over the Years, and this contest looks set to be another one.
The 4th XI make the short trip to Belhus 3s as they look to continue their excellent form of recent weeks. After only avoiding relegation on the last day of last season Stewart Hammond’s men look a different side this year and currently lie fourth in the table. After a thrilling tie against leaders Orsett and Thurrock two weeks ago, Upminster claimed an equally exciting two wicket win over Buckhurst Hill last Saturday, from the final ball of the game. Belhus’ form has been mixed to date, and they are currently seventh in the standings, but they played in one of the quickest games of the season last week, as they beat Chelmsford by ten wickets, with the entire match lasting just 44.1 overs.
The 5th XI face a tough afternoon as they play Oakfield Parkonians at Forest Road. Alex Bottoms’ young side have been progressing well in recent weeks with Rafe Smallman, Harvey Daniels and Jai Mayor all impressing. They brushed aside Buckhurst Hill 4s in their last outing with Smallman making an impressive 91. That win consolidated their position in the top half of the table. Oakfields were without a game last week (the division contains nine sides) but they are currently second in the table behind West Essex 3s.
All of this Saturday’s league games begin at 12.30pm.
On Sunday Ingatestone & Fryerning visit Upminster Park for a T20 friendly. Both Clubs were formed in 1858 and have played one another in various celebratory occasions over the Years. The action begins at 1.00pm.
Updated 08:35 - 1 Jul 2019 by Paul Middlemiss