Ability XI: Essex v Surrey – Match Report


Surrey Ability XI v Essex Ability XI
D40 Pursuit South
Harlow Town CC
Sunday 25 June 2023

Essex Falcons: Martyn Doe, Matthew Hazell, Joe Moss, Lee Wheeler, Billy Gibbons, Jack Flowers, Laila Robinson, Issac Elles, Benny Fryatt, Alfie Jeeves, Matthew Thomas, James Cole

Surrey: Frazer Fowler, Sam Mannion, Ed Harvey, James Grindrod, Ben Carter, Luke Saunders, Steven Duncan, Jamil Khan, T Davies, Bradley Cooper, Michael Jones

Match Details:

Toss: Essex Falcons won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Surrey 108 all out (31.2 overs)
Essex Falcons 109/8 (30.2 overs)
Essex won by 2 wickets

Match Report:

Essex Falcons kept up their unbeaten D40 Pursuit South sequence with a dramatic two-wicket victory over Surrey in a tense, hard-fought encounter at Harlow Town Cricket Club.

The Essex attack did remarkably well in stifling hot conditions, dismissing the visitors inside thirty-two overs for 108. Joe Moss led the way, returning hugely impressive figures of 5-4-4-3, while Alfie Jeeves inflicted further damage on the Surrey batters, taking three for 15 from five.

The ever-reliable Matt Thomas chipped in with 2/15. Ben Carter top-scored for Surrey, hitting 25 off 48 balls.

However, the Surrey bowlers did their utmost to claw their side back into the contest. Sam Mannion claimed four for 14, while Luke Saunders and Jamil Khan took two apiece as Essex floundered on 76 for eight.

But a ninth-wicket partnership of 33 between Benny Fryatt and Jeeves steered Essex to a dramatic triumph.

The duo produced a mature display. Fryatt scored 13* from 34, while Jeeves contributed an unbeaten 19 from eighteen, including a sweeping boundary off the bowling of Carter to conclude the contest.

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.