Second XI T20: Essex v Sussex Match Report



Essex 2nd XI v Sussex 2nd XI

Second XI T20, Monday 31 May
Garon Park, Southend


Team News:

Essex 2nd XI: Will Buttleman (wk), Josh Rymell, Robin Das, Aron Nijjar (c), Jack Plom, Feroze Khushi, Jamal Richards, Aaron Beard, Ben Allison, Matt Quinn, Eshun Kalley.

Sussex 2nd XI: Edward Taylor, Danial Ibrahim, Harrison Ward, T Hinley, Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Oli Carter (wk), Will Beer, Joe Pocklington (c), Archie Lenham, Joe Sarro.

Match Details:

Umpires: MJ Saggers and S Shanmugam
Toss: Essex Second XI won and elected to bowl first
Result: Sussex won by 18 runs

Essex Second XI: 142-7 (20.0 overs)
Sussex Second XI: 160-9 (20.0 overs)


A sunny Garon Park played host once again for the third Second XI T20 match inside four days as Essex took on Sussex.

The Sussex Second XI included former Essex favourite, Ravi Bopara amongst their ranks for what proved to be a competitive Second XI T20.

Bopara reached 21 off 18 balls before he was caught by Aaron Beard, having hooked Kalley to long leg. Nevertheless, it was David Wiese who starred with the bat for the visitors.

Wiese’s 46 minutes at the crease gleaned 58 off 37 deliveries with the South African eventually falling to a spectacular one-handed catch from Beard to provide Jack Plom with one of his 3/38. Sussex posted 160-9 from their 20 overs with Matt Quinn also amongst the wickets with 2/27 after returning from his loan spell with Kent to feature.

An impressive 67 off 49 from wicketkeeper/batsman, Will Buttleman was the highlight of the Essex chase. The 20-year-old hit nine boundaries and one 6 during his 73-minute stint in the middle.

Feroze Khushi was also amongst the runs, scoring 30. However, he along with Buttleman made up half of Bopara’s 4/14 off three overs as Sussex kept the hosts at arm’s length to secure an 18-run victory.

Essex Second XI’s next fixture is another T20 clash on Wednesday 2 June where Surrey are the hosts at New Malden.

Report courtesy of Brian Jeeves