ESSEX as at 29th May 2017
Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Essex at Chelmsford. The top two early runners in the division went head to head at Chelmsford.
Surrey were in total disarray when they slumped to 31 for 5, but were rescued by a sixth wicket stand of 191, with Sam Curran making 90 and Kumar Sangakkara 200. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 369. Sangakkara’a remarkable form with the bat this season continued as he scored his fifth consecutive first class century. For Essex Jamie Porter was the pick of the attack, taking 4 for 89. Essex were bowled out for 383 with Dan Lawrence making 107. Earlier in the game the youngster received his county cap. For Surrey, on debut Amar Virdi picked up three wickets. In their second innings Surrey declared on 260 for 9, after bad light cut the final session short, with Sangakkara falling 16 short of yet another century for the brilliant Sri Lankan.
Essex recorded an innings and 97 runs victory over Hampshire inside three days at Chelmsford on Sunday afternoon in the Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Despite Nick Browne being dismissed for a duck, a partnership of 243 for the second wicket between Alastair Cook and Tom Westley rescued the home side. Cook continued his early season purple patch to make 124 with Westley hitting 111. For the visitors Kyle Abbott was the pick of the attack, taking five for 58. Hampshire were in disarray at 18 for 5, before Lewis McManus 39 and Abbott with 36 pulled Hampshire round before they were bowled out for 115 with James Porter claiming five for 24. Essex had no hesitation in enforcing the follow on with Hampshire again struggling. They mustered just 148, being bowled out inside 48 overs with Simon Harmer taking three for 23 to lead Essex to the top of the Division.
Essex booked a home semi-final against the winners of Somerset or Notts in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after finishing top of the South Group following a 57 runs victory on the D/L method against Kent at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Kent won the toss and inserted Essex in to bat. The visitors compiled 307 for 6 in their 50 overs with Varun Chopra making 83 and Alastair Cook 54, along with a cameo innings of 49 off 40 balls from Ravi Bopara. The hosts had reached 50 for 3 in the 11th over when heavy rain washed out the rest of the day. At the time, Kent were well behind the par total of 108. Essex’s semi-final will take place at the CloudFM County Ground on Friday 16th June with a 1.30 start time.
Essex moved back to the top of the Royal London One-Day Cup South Group, after completing a 72 run victory against Somerset at Taunton.
Somerset won the toss and put Essex in to bat. The visitors made 334 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs with Tom Westley scoring a hundred, Ravi Bopara an undefeated 92 and Alastair Cook 65. Somerset fell short of their target after being bowled out for 262 with Jim Allenby top scoring with 77. For Essex, Neil Wagner and Simon Harmer both picked up three wickets apiece. With just one game remaining, Essex lead the table by two points from Somerset with a better net run rate.
Essex continued their push towards the semi-finals of this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a comprehensive seven wicket victory against Middlesex at Chelmsford on Friday.
Essex won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat. The hosts slumped from 54 for 1 to 117 for 9. Only a last wicket stand of 31 between Steven Finn and Ravi Patel took Middlesex to a below-par total of 148, inside just 41 overs. Paul Walter claimed career-best one day figures of 4 for 37 with Jamie Porter also picking up career-best one day figures of 4 for 40. Alastair Cook saw Essex through to their fifth win in six as the game ended with more than 20 overs remaining. Cook finished unbeaten on 67 to guide Essex home to a comfortable win and almost certainly end Middlesex’s interest in the competition.
Essex completed a ten-run victory against Sussex in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition at Chelmsford on Wednesday.
The visitors won the toss and put Essex in to bat. In their 50 overs Essex made a competitive 295 for 7. The hosts slumped to 19 for 3 after Jerome Taylor picked up a hat trick, but centuries from the inform Alistair Cook 109 and Captain Ryan ten Doeschatre 102 enabled Essex to post a winnable total. Sussex fell narrowly short of their target despite 66 from Chris Nash and 61 from Stiaan van Zyl and an entertaining cameo of 45 from Jofra Archer. Paul Walter was the pick of the Essex attack after finishing up with 3 for 45 as Sussex were bowled out for 285. Meanwhile, overseas bowler Neil Wagner, has flown home to Ireland to join up with the New Zealand one-day squad ahead of their Tri-Series against Ireland and Bangladesh.
Essex lost their first match in this seasons Royal London-One Day Cup competition, after suffering an agonising one run defeat at Glamorgan at Cardiff.
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts made 281 for 7 in their 50 overs. They were indebted to Colin Ingram who made 142 off 130 balls. For Essex, Neil Wagner took 4 for 58. Essex’s reply started badly when Nick Browne and Tom Westley were both dismissed with just two runs on the board. 124 from Varun Chopra and 56 from Ravi Bopara rescued the visitors, but in the end the hosts held their nerve to record a very narrow victory, as Essex finished on 280 for 9.
Essex made it three wins out of three in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a 29-run victory against Gloucestershire at Chelmsford on Thursday.
The visitors won the toss and inserted Essex in to bat. The hosts made 315 for 8 in their allocated overs with Alistair Cook leading the way with 127. For the visitors, Chris Liddle took 4 for 54. Despite 90 from opener Phil Mustard and 79 from Ian Cockbain, the visitors fell short of their target with Ravi Bopara taking 3 for 34.
Essex completed a one wicket victory against Surrey in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup game at the Kia Oval on Tuesday.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts were bowled out for 210 with former Essex player Ben Foakes finishing unbeaten on 77. Matt Quinn and Ravi Bopara picking up three wickets apiece. Essex slumped to 12 for 3, but were rescued by 34 from Tom Westley. Bopara contributed with the bat by making 36 before a fine unbeaten 44 from Simon Harmer won the game for the visitors who reached their target with just four balls remaining.
Essex opened up their Royal London One-Day Cup Campaign with a 25 run victory against Hampshire at Chelmsford.
Hampshire won the toss and put Essex in to bat. The hosts made 304 for 7 in their 50 overs with Tom Westley making 93 and Ashar Zaidi smashing an unbeaten 72 off just 40 balls. Hampshire were bowled out for 279 with half centuries from James Vince and George Bailey. Neil Wagner took 4 for 41 for the hosts. Meanwhile, South African spinner Simon Harmer has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day One
Friday 21st April 2017
Peter Moore at Lords
Centuries from openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put Middlesex into a strong position after the opening day of their County Championship match against newly promoted Essex at Lords.
On an uncontested toss, Middlesex made a bright start to their second Championship match of the season. Openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put on an undefeated 105 for the opening wicket at lunch, with Robson reaching his half century off 67 balls. Essex thought they had the wicket of Gubbins when he had made 38, after he edged a ball to first slip where Alistair Cook appeared to claim the catch, only for umpire Paul Baldwin to be totally unmoved by the appeal. The morning session belonged to the home side with Robson 63* and Gubbins 40* who both looked comfortable against an Essex attack which struggled on a very flat wicket, despite the wicket having a green tinged look about it.
After lunch Gubbins brought up his 50 with a gentle push down the ground. His half century coming off 110 balls. Robson moved on to his century, which he brought up with a nudge down to third man off Ravi Bopara. Robson’s century was compiled of 140 balls, which included nine fours.
Essex Captain Ryan ten Doeschate brought himself on to bowl in the 50th over, with Dan Lawrence shortly afterwards, who became the seventh bowler Essex used, but to no effect as the openers tucked into the visitors attack with ease. Gubbins joined his opening partner with a century to his name. His three figures were posted off 192 balls with 13 fours and two sixes.
With tea approaching, and just four deliveries remaining, Essex claimed their first wicket of the match when Gubbins edged behind to Wheater off Aaron Beard for 101. At tea Middlesex had reached 241 for 1 with Robson undefeated at the crease on 131. When bad light brought a premature end to the days play at 4:38, Middlesex had reached 255 for 1, with Gubbins 144 not out.
Essex claimed their first victory in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship, after completing an eight wicket victory against Somerset at Taunton.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. They were bowled out for 209 with Peter Trego top scoring with 48. For Essex Ashar Zaidi took 3 for 17. Despite 52 from former England Captain Alistair Cook, the visitors were dismissed for 129. Leading by 80 on first innings Somerset were bowled out for 174. Essex’s New Zealand test bowler Neil Wagner taking 6 for 48. Requiring 255 to win, Essex reached their target with comfortable ease thanks to a fine century from Cook, who eventually was dismissed for 110.
An outstanding rear guard action from 19 year-old Dan Lawrence ensured Essex escaped with a draw against Lancashire in their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One game at Chelmsford.
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors made 319 with Dane Vilas making 74. Neil Wagner and Aaron Beard took three wickets apiece. Essex without Alastair Cook, due to a hip injury, were dismissed for 159 with Ravi Bopara top scoring with 46. Alex Davies hit an unbeaten 140 with Vilas unbeaten on 92 when the visitors declared their second innings on 317 for 2. Essex were set an improbable 477 to win, but held out for a draw at the close on 316 for 6 to claim a highly creditable draw.
Essex County Cricket Club fixtures for the forthcoming season, as Essex return back to Division One