Second XI: Essex v Surrey – Match Report


Essex Second XI v Surrey Second XI
Second XI T20 – South Group
Garon Park, Southend
Friday 26 May 2023

Essex Second XI: : Feroze Khushi, Michael Pepper, Matt Critchley, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Shane Snater, Aron Nijjar, Adam Rossington (wk), Doug Bracewell, Ben Allison, Sam Cook (c)

Surrey Second XI: Dom Sibley, Ryan Patel, Ben Geddes (c), Josh Blake (wk), Nico Reifer, Nick Kimber, Dan Moriarty, James Taylor, Nathan Barnwell, Yusuf Majid, Amar Virdi

Match Details:

Umpires: M Johnson and RD Parker
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Essex Second XI won by four wickets

Scorecard: View here

Match Report:

With their Vitality Blast campaign looming just over the horizon, Essex fielded another strong side for their Second XI T20, South Group encounter with Surrey’s second string at Garon Park.

On a bright and breezy afternoon, a small, enthusiastic crowd congregated at the Southend venue, keen to get a glimpse of some of their Essex favourites.

Having taken the ball, the home side restricted Surrey to 140 for six, with Doug Bracewell returning impressive figures of two for four from his two-over spell.

Ben Allison claimed 2/26, while Paul Walter and Sam Cook were also amongst the wickets. Surrey skipper Ben Geddes top-scored for the visitors with 48 off 38 balls. Dom Sibley contributed 32 and Nico Reifer 25 for the visitors.

The Surrey attack made a fist of things, with Nathan Barnwell taking 2/30 and Yousef Majid 2/31. However, Essex reached their target with twelve balls to spare.

Feroze Khushi finished unbeaten on 42 off 40 during a productive 42-minutes in the middle. Michael Pepper hit 23 before retiring not out.

Aron Nijjar concluded the contest with successive boundaries of the bowling of James Taylor.