Another busy weekend is on the cards for Upminster, with five SNEL games on Saturday and various matches on Sunday.
The 1st XI face a trip to Shenfield to face Roy Smith’s promotion chasing outfit. When the two teams met earlier in the season Shenfield strolled to an eight wicket win at Upminster Park, with the experienced Jack Kliber in the runs for the Chelmsford Road Club. Shenfield made a fine start to the season and looked set for a swift return to the top flight, but they have suffered some setbacks in recent weeks, including a reverse to title rivals Harold Wood last weekend. However, with the likes of Monty Panesar, Ryan Plom and Chris Sains in their line up they will still be formidable opposition. Upminster’s recent good form came to an end last week with a poor performance against Woodford Wells. It was a far cry from the week before when they brushed aside high-flying Colchester, and Harry Jenkins and his side will be looking to return to that level tomorrow afternoon.
It was disappointing day for the 2nd XI last Saturday as they also fell to a heavy defeat against Woodford Wells, and they will be looking to bounce back as they welcome Shenfield to Upminster Park. Last week’s defeat was a major set back for Billy Wright’s men in their bid to retain their Premier Division status. The previous week had seen Wright’s side pick up their first win of the season with a fine performance against Chelmsford. Shenfield have been in good form themselves in recent weeks, but they did slip to defeat against Chelmsford last weekend, and now sit in mid table in the Premier Division standings. The two sides drew their contest in the first half of the season, and another tight contest looks on the cards tomorrow.
The 3rd XI are all set for their day out at Woodford Wells, and head to Monkhams Lane at the top of the Premier Division standings. Ollie White includes three young players making their debut in this fixture, as he and his side continue to bring through the Club’s next crop of young talent. White’s side made it seven wins from ten games last weekend with a five wicket win over Harold Wood, and this followed up on their comfortable win at Harlow the week before. Wells’ form has picked up in recent weeks, and they recorded an excellent win at Harlow last Saturday. They do though remain in the relegation zone after ten weeks of the season, having finished runners-up behind Upminster in 2018.
The 4th XI welcome bogey side Old Southendians to Campion. The 4s excellent run of form ended last week with defeat at Frenford, but they will still hope to challenge for a top two finish in the remaining weeks of the season. Southendians are rooted to the foot of the table at the moment, but that didn’t stop them defeating Upminster on the second Saturday of the season, and that was their third win over Stewart Hammond’s side in the past two seasons. Southendians were well beaten by Belhus last weekend and with several batsmen in good form at the present time, including the skipper himself, Upminster will be looking to return to winning ways.
After last week’s win over Loughton, Shenfield 4s provide the opposition for the 5th XI. That win means Alex Bottoms and his team stay in fourth place in the table, while Shenfield currently lie seventh after a defeat to Buckhurst Hill last weekend. Upminster came out on top in the game between the two sides at Campion earlier in the season.
On Sunday the Matchplay side look to continue their quest for a Quarter Final spot when they entertain Oakfield Parkonians. Last week’s fine win over Hornchurch got them back on track after an agonizing defeat to Ilford the week before. A win on Sunday would mean a further victory in their final group game against West Essex would see them progress to the knock out stages for the first time since 2015.
And the Windmill Whack continues at the Club on Sunday with a double header of action. At noon the Hunter Hurricans take on the Applie Finance Firebirds, while at 3pm the Kushmoom Tigers face the Root 66ers. With the group stages of the competition nearing their conclusion all four teams will be looking to secure a valuable victory.