Second XI: Sussex v Essex – Match Report


Essex Second XI v Kent Second XI
Second XI T20 – South Group
Horsham Cricket Club
Wednesday 24 May 2023

Essex Second XI: : FIN Khushi, RJ Das, MS Pepper (WK), MJJ Critchley, PI Walter, T Westley, SR Harmer (Capt), S Snater, JA Richards, ASS Nijjar, JA Porter

Sussex Second XI: TGR Clark, AGH Orr, Shadab Khan, RS Bopara (Capt), JM Coles, HD Ward, FJ Hudson-Prentice, A Karvelas, OJ Carter (WK), TS Mills, AD Lenham

Match Details:

Umpires: M Newell and J Flatley
Toss: Sussex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Sussex Second XI won by five wickets

Scorecard: View here

Match Report:

A strong Essex second string was on the wrong end of the result as their Sussex counterparts won an entertaining Second XI T20, South Group encounter staged at Horsham Cricket Club.

The Essex innings concluded off the first delivery of their final over. Paul Walter followed up his 78 against Kent twenty-four hours earlier with another 70 off 37 balls. His fiery 45-minute stint included five 6s and five 4s.

Michael Pepper and Tom Westly each contributed 28, and Feroze Khushi 22. Meanwhile, Fynn Hudson-Prentice returned figures of four for 34 from his four overs, while Shadab Khan took 3/21. Sussex set 185 to win

Sussex’s Ali Orr hit a world record-equaling twelve-ball half-century when the sides met at Garon Park, Southend twelve months ago. The left-handed batter was somewhat less successful on this occasion with Shane Snater taking a catch off his own bowling to send the 22-year-old back for 4.

Indeed, a day previous, the home side had scored an enormous 324 for seven in beating Middlesex by 194 runs. Former Essex man, Ravi Bopara scored 144 off 49 balls. This time, he had to be content with 47 before he was caught by Pepper off Jamal Richards.

Snater was the pick of the Essex attack, with 2/17 from two overs, while Critchley claimed 2/34 from four. However, Sussex chased down their target with three overs to spare. Hudson-Prentice hit a boundary off Critchley to conclude the contest.