Second XI Championship: Middlesex v Essex Match Report



Middlesex 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI

Second XI Championship, Tuesday 12 April
Radlett Cricket Club


Team News:

Middlesex 2nd XI:: Max Holden, Nathan Fernandes, James Cracknell, Martin Andersson, Luke Hollman, Daniel O’Driscoll (wk), Nathan Sowter (c), Blake Cullen, Thilan Walallawita, Toby Greatwood, Ishaan Kaushal, Noah Cornwell.

Essex 2nd XI: Paul Walter, Feroze Khushi, Michael Pepper (wk), Josh Rymell (c), Robin Das, Will Buttleman, Luc Benkenstein, Aaron Beard, Jamal Richards, Ben Allison, Eshun Kalley, Nav Dwivedi.

Match Details:

Umpires: S Redfern and BJ Peverall
Toss: Essex 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Middlesex 2nd XI won by 10 wickets
Scorecard: View Here

Essex 2nd XI: 150 & 114
Middlesex 2nd XI: 258 & 7-0


Match Report

Essex endured a difficult opening to their Second XI Championship campaign as their Middlesex counterparts roared to a ten-wicket victory inside two days at Radlett.

The writing was on the wall from the start for Essex. Robin Das followed up some impressive pre-season performances with a half-century. However, Jamal Richards was the only other visiting batter to reach double figures. Essex were largely reliant on a sizable amount of extras to reach 150 – Ishaan Kaushal was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 4/32.

Max Holden (34), Joe Cracknell (33) and Martin Andersson (31) provided the platform for Middlesex’s 108-run first-innings lead. Paul Walter impressed with the ball, taking 4/19, while there were three wickets for Ben Allison.

Middlesex continued to dominate. Thilan Walallawita took 3/20 as Essex were dismissed inside 37 overs for 114. Das again led the way for the Essex batters with 23 on what proved to be a tough examination – Kaushal, Andersson and Toby Greatwood with two apiece for the Seaxes.

It took Middlesex just five balls to secure victory, Holden with the decisive runs.

Essex will now take on Middlesex in a 40-over aside friendly match on Thursday 14 April at Radlett, with play starting at 11am.