Match Preview: Essex Eagles v Middlesex


Essex Eagles continue their Vitality Blast campaign on Wednesday night when Middlesex come to The Cloudfm County Ground. 

Wednesday’s fixture is the first of two home matches for the Eagles within 48 hours as they meet Glamorgan at Chelmsford on Friday night.

At the start of the week, the Eagles were four points away from a top-four position in the South Group and with 12 points still up for grabs, Simon Harmer’s side will be hopeful that a winning run can help them make up for lost ground.

Head Coach Anthony McGrath is urging his squad to find the consistency that has been so evident in their red-ball game.

McGrath said: “You look back at the Surrey game earlier in the competition when we scored 226-4 in 15 overs against an attack packed with international bowlers and we were outstanding in that game.

“We were also superb against Gloucestershire down in Bristol recently when we scored 206-3. Both of those were brilliant performances but around those wins, there have been some disappointing results.  

“Now we need to string a run of wins together to get some confidence going forward, and the two games this week gives us an opportunity to show the better side of our T20 cricket. 

“The players know they’ve got to take responsibility out on the field but as I’ve said so many times before, it comes down to executing the basics really well. I know it’s a cliché but it’s a fact.

“We have been very consistent in red-ball cricket, we need to start transferring that to the short form of our game, starting with the two home games this week.”

Essex Eagles squad to face Middlesex:

Simon Harmer (11) (Captain)
Mohammad Amir (5)
Aaron Beard (14)
Ravi Bopara (25)
Sam Cook (16)
Cameron Delport (89)
Dan Lawrence (28)
Jamie Porter (44)
Shane Snater (29)
Ryan ten Doeschate (27)
Paul Walter (22)
Tom Westley (21)
Adam Wheater (31) (Wicket-keeper)
Adam Zampa (88)


Scheduled Match Timings:

Gates Open: 5pm
The Toss: 6:30pm
Play Starts: 7pm
Interval: 8:15pm – 8:30pm
Close of Play: 9:45pm

Tickets: This match is sold out but you can keep up to date with the action via our Match Zone, which includes a live scorecard and stats – here.

This match is also live on Sky Sport Cricket from 6:55pm.

Wet Weather Policy: There is rain forecast over Chelmsford on Wednesday and any decision made on play will be made by the match officials, not based on forecasts. If the game is abandoned due to bad weather then refunds are processed in line with our Wet Weather Policy.

If due to adverse weather conditions, 10 completed overs play or less is possible on the day of the match and the match has not been completed or a result obtained, the Club will refund the full ticket price to the purchaser (Season Tickets will be refunded on a pro-rata basis) without need for application. Wherever possible refund will be made to the credit/debit card used for payment. If not possible the Club will make contact to make other arrangements.

By Train – Chelmsford Railway Station is operated by Greater Anglia and is approximately a 10-minute walk from The Cloudfm County Ground. Regular direct train services depart from Chelmsford to London, Stratford, Shenfield, Romford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich. Chelmsford is situated on the Liverpool Street to Norwich mainline, with 5 trains per hour to and from Central London. There are no disruption or rail replacement scheduled for this day. It takes approximately 8 minutes to walk to the ground from Chelmsford train station – More Information.

By Bus – Chelmsford Bus Station is situated on Duke Street, next to Chelmsford Train Station, with connections to all over the County. Alternatively, bus numbers 42 and 100, which are operated by First Group, stop on New London Road, which is approximately a two-minute walk to the ground, via New Writtle Street.

Parking – There is no parking available at The Cloudfm County Ground for this match. Members can park at our Meteor Way car park for the priced of £1 – View Map.

The High Chelmsford multi-storey car park is just a two-minute walk to the ground and will be operating extended hours for this match, closing at 11pm.