Match Report: Lancashire v Essex


Lancashire v Essex

Metro Bank One Day Cup
Sedbergh School, Sedbergh
Tuesday 01 August 2023, 11am start


Team News:

Lancashire: George Bell, Keaton Jennings (c), Josh Bohannon, Dane Vilas, George Balderson, George Lavelle, Matthew Hurst (wk), Thomas Aspinwall, Will Williams, Jack Blatherwick, Jack Morley.

Essex: Josh Rymell, Robin Das, Tom Westley (c), Noah Thain, Beau Webster, Charlie Allison, Will Buttleman (wk), Richards, Ben Allison, Aaron Beard, Aron Nijjar, Jamie Porter

Match Details:

Umpires: Neil Pratt & Peter Hartley
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Match Abandoned

Scorecard: View Here

Match Report:

Lancashire and Essex had to settle for one point apiece from their opening Metro Bank One-Day Cup game after the rain brought an early end to their 36-over match at Sedbergh School.

A wet outfield prevented play beginning until one o’clock, but Lancashire’s batsmen prospered against an inexperienced visiting attack, making 270 for seven off their allotted overs. Dane Vilas made 65, his best score of the season in first-team cricket, and Essex were 23 for two when drizzle forced the players off the field. The game was finally called off at 5.40.

The early end was tough on Lancashire, whose openers, Keaton Jennings and George Bell made a bright start, putting on 25 inside four overs. But having taken three successive fours off Aaron Beard, Jennings nicked the same bowler to slip, where Essex’s Australian
debutant, Beau Webster, took the catch to remove the Lancashire captain for 19.

Josh Bohannon and Bell then added 72 at a healthy clip in 13 overs before both were dismissed in the space of six balls. First Bohannon, having made 35 off 42 balls was caught at backward point by Robin Das when cutting Aron Nijjar’s slow left-arm and in the next over, Bell was plumb lbw to Webster for 29.

But those reverses only sparked further Lancastrian acceleration as Dane Vilas and George Balderson put on 70 in 9.1 overs, a partnership that was only ended when Aaaron Beard deflected a fierce drive from Vilas into the bowler’s end stumps to run out Balderson for 32.

Nothing, however, could prevent the home side towards the end of their innings. Vilas reached his fifty before being caught at deep midwicket by Ben Allison off Webster for 65 and both the debutants, Matthew Hurst and Tom Aspinwall, acquitted themselves well.

Hurst ended the innings unbeaten on 21 and Sedbergh old boy Aspinwall included three colossal sixes in his ten-ball 22 as Lancashire finished with a formidable total on the board.

Webster was the most successful Essex bowler with three for 59 from seven overs and Nijjar took two for 35 from five. Jamie Porter, who opened the bowling, operated from the Powell End without a break and took nought for 26.

Essex’s pursuit of 271 for victory when they lost both openers inside the first five overs. Josh Rymell was well caught at long leg by a diving Balderson off Jack Blatherwick for six and Robin Das fell to a comparably fine catch by Aspinwall inches inside the midwicket boundary off Will Williams for eight.

At that point, though, fine drizzle began and only got heavier. The umpires’ decision to call the game off was inevitable.

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