Ability XI: Middlesex v Essex – Match Report


Middlesex Ability XI v Essex Ability XI
D40 Pursuit
William Perkins School, Greenford
Tuesday 30 April 2023

Essex: Matthew Hazell (c), Benny Fryett, Martyn Doe, Jack Flowers, James Cole, Billy Gibbons, Matt Thomas, Alfie Jeeves, Jack Gair, Laila Robinson (wk), Lee Wheeler, Joe Moss.

Middlesex: S Lycett, W Sims, S Benson (c), H Rashid, N Mandani, C Sainsbury, N Durham (wk), S Sagar, J Charan, L Hunter, M Dix.

Match Details:

Toss: Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Essex 122 all out (39.5 overs)
Middlesex 62 all out (30.1 overs)
Essex won by 60 runs

Match Report:

Essex Ability got their D40 Pursuit campaign off to a flying start with a hugely impressive victory over their Middlesex counterparts at the
William Perkins School, Greenford.

Middlesex versus Essex fixtures are always eagerly anticipated and rarely fail to disappoint. Once again, this proved to be another case as the visitors’ bowling attack, led by Joe Moss and Alfie Jeeves, helped secure a sizable 60-run victory over their old adversaries.

Moss marked his Essex debut by returning impressive figures of 4/11 off just 4.1 overs, while Jeeves claimed his county-best of 4/14 from 8.0 overs.

Essex deployed five bowlers. Lee Wheeler claimed two wickets, while both Benny Fryatt and Matt Thomas proved to be extremely economical as Middlesex were skittled inside thirty-one overs for just 62. S Lycett top-scoring for the homes side with 22 from 54 balls.

Earlier, Essex had posted a modest 122 with Moss leading the away with 30, while Fryatt’s 22 helped move the scoreboard along after some tremendous bowling, headed up by L Hunter (6-0-20-3) had threatened to give Middlesex the upper hand.

Speaking after the match, Essex leg-break bowler, Jeeves said: “It was great to get amongst the wickets but it was more important that we won.

“It was a really good team performance, particularly with the ball and in the field because we didn’t score as many runs as we would have liked.

“But we always felt confident we could win. Middlesex are a good team and we enjoy playing against them. This game will go down as one of my favourites.”

Thank you to our long-standing partners Allen Ford for their continued support of the Essex Ability Team and kindly providing a mini-bus for team travel to away fixtures this season.