Second XI: Essex v Surrey – Match Report


Essex Second XI v Surrey Second XI
Second XI T20 – South Group
LSE Sportsground, New Malden
Wednesday 17 May 2023

Essex Second XI: FIN Khushi, RJ Das, PI Walter (c), JS Rymell, WEL Buttleman (wk), NRM Thain, JA Richards, RJ McKenna, ES Kalley, HG Goulstone, ADA Gosling

Surrey Second XI: BBA Geddes (c), JW Blake (wk), LJ Evans, NJH Kimber, Y Majid, C McKerr, DT Moriarty, CT Steel, J Overton, NMJ Reifer, JPA Taylor, NA Barnwell

Match Details:

Umpires: James Tredwell and John Flatley
Toss: Surrey won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Essex Second XI won by 2 runs

Scorecard: View here

Match Report:

Essex’s second string continued a busy week of action by recording a narrow two-run T20 South Group victory over their Surrey counterparts at the LSE Sportsground, New Malden.

In what proved to be an entertaining and highly competitive encounter,
Robin Das and Josh Rymell excelled with the bat, helping Essex post a competitive 201 for three.

Having reached his half-century off 24 balls, Das went on to score 72 from 34 during his 45 minutes in the middle. His stylish innings included ten 4s and three 6s.

Rymell continued the big-hitting theme. The talented right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 51 from 26 deliveries, with six 4s and two 6s in his repertoire.

Will Buttleman was also amongst the runs, reaching 39* – his partnership with Rymell gleaned 82 runs from the troubled Surrey attack, for whom Yousef Majid claimed two for 29 from his four-over spell.

The visitors appeared to be in control when Surrey were reduced to 41 for three inside the opening five overs of the home side’s innings. However, wicketkeeper/batter Josh Blake set the tone for a spirited fight, hitting an unbeaten 59 off 42 balls. When he was joined in the middle by Daniel Moriarty, the pair carried Surry mightily close. The latter scored 44* – the partnership of 58 falling just shy of their target.

Eshun Kalley was the pick of the Essex bowlers, taking three for 27 from four overs, while Hayden Goulstone returned 2/14.