Match Report: Bedfordshire v Essex


Bedfordshire v Essex

National Counties Showcase 50-over Match
Dunstable Town Cricket Club, Dunstable
Sunday 30 July 2023, 12pm start


Team News:

Bedfordshire: Fayaz Homyoon, Oli Soames, Harry Gouldstone (wk), George Thurstance (c), Matt Coles, Archie Houghton, Matt Taylor, Sam Bates, Alex Evans, Jack Fuller, Joe Lowe.

Essex: Nick Browne (c), Josh Rymell, Robin Das, Noah Thain, Charlie Allison, Will Buttleman (wk), Jamal Richards, Aaron Beard, Ben Allison, Aron Nijjar, Mackenzie Jones.

Match Details:

Umpires: Ben Debenham & Caspar Viljoen
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bat

Scorecard: View Here

Match Report:

Rain forced the abandonment of this year’s National Counties 50-over Showcase match against Bedfordshire after Essex had reached 154-3 from 20.2 overs with Robin Das and Josh Rymell both posting half-centuries.

The young pair combined for an entertaining partnership of 117 in 14 overs and both struck cleanly and fluently with an array of pleasing drives on both sides of the wicket.

At the end of the first 10 overs powerplay, Essex were 89-1 with 21 year-old Das and Rymell, just a year older, capitalising on any delivery lacking line or length.

Opening the innings, Das was the first to his 50 in the 12th over of the innings and taking the total onto 95 before Rymell brought the score into three figures with a 6 off Archie Houghton.

A boundary by Rymell three overs later brought him to his 50 and also raised a century partnership with Das in 12 overs.

Played at the delightful Dunstable Town Cricket Club, the visitors had appeared on course for a substantial total until heavy rain arrived at 1:16pm to send players and spectators running for cover.

Essex skipper Nick Browne won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat and soon found the boundary against former Essex all-rounder Matt Coles by executing a delightful off drive.

But immediately afterwards, having scored 8 out of 13, he was caught at deep square leg leaving Rymell to join Das.

They carried the score onto 134 before the partnership was broken when Das, having faced 51 balls with one maximum and 10 fours in his innings of 68, drove to mid-on.

Noah Thain and Rymell advanced the score to 154 before Thain was bowled for 12, however that was to prove the final action of the day as the weather took control.

Rymell was unbeaten on 63 from 47 balls that included 1 six and 8 fours but the incessant rain prevented him from inflicting further damage on the Bedfordshire attack.

With no improvement in conditions forecast, umpires Ben Debenham and Casper Viljoen called play off at 3:30pm.

Hopefully, the weather will have relented when Essex commence the Metro Bank One Day Cup campaign when they play Lancashire at Sedburgh on Tuesday before returning to Chelmsford for the first of four home matches in the 50-overs tournament starting with a visit from Notts Outlaws on Thursday.

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