Match Preview: Essex v Notts Outlaws


Following a damp first outing in this season’s One Day Cup for Essex, the visit of Notts Outlaws to Chelmsford on Thursday provides another opportunity to kick-start the 50-over campaign in earnest.

Only 42 overs in total were possible against Lancashire in Sedbergh, as rain first delayed the start and reduced the encounter to 36 overs per side, before returning to curtail proceedings in the early stages of Essex’s chase.

Having taken a point from that match, the upcoming clash with Notts will now present a first chance for several of this season’s crop of Eagles to play in front of a Chelmsford crowd.

Charlie Allison, Noah Thain, and Beau Webster all made their List A debuts for Essex on Tuesday, with the latter in particular impressing in a three-wicket return before the rain restarted.


Squad Notts
Head Coach Anthony McGrath has named a 13-man squad for this fixture, with the sole change from Tuesday’s match being that Mackenzie Jones is left out.

Simon Harmer continues a scheduled rest from cricket but is still expected to return to play a part later in the group stage.

The Opposition

Notts Outlaws squad: Haseeb Hameed (c), Calvin Harrison, Brett Hutton, Lyndon James, Sammy King, Tom Loten, Ben Martindale, Matthew Montgomery, Dane Patterson, Liam Patterson-White, Toby Pettman, Dane Schadendorf, Fateh Singh, Ben Slater

The only meeting this summer between the sides was back in May, when Trent Bridge played host to a draw in the LV= County Championship in a match that saw both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley register twin fifties.

Since then, Essex have had the upper hand in the four-day game, currently second in Division One and 52 points ahead of the sixth-placed Green and Golds.

Meanwhile, both sides reached the Vitality Blast knockout stages, though it was only Essex who progressed to Finals Day, as the Outlaws, having finished fourth in the North Group, were defeated at Somerset in the last eight.


Last Time We Met

Though the most recent meeting between Essex and Notts was in that aforementioned four-day contest at Trent Bridge earlier this year, the last time there was any contact in the 50-over format was back in 2017.

That was in that year’s semi-finals, and a run-drenched affair unfolded as Essex set the visitors 371 to win as Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate hit centuries, with the latter’s effort coming in just 66 deliveries.

However, in reply, the Outlaws made use of what was still a belting pitch to chase the target down with three balls to spare thanks to tons from Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney and despite three wickets for Jamie Porter.

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The last time Essex prevailed over Notts in List A cricket was in 2011, when a similarly sparkling run-chase at Chelmsford, this time from the hosts, saw a target of 288 overhauled with an over to spare.

Two wickets apiece for Ravi Bopara and Lonwabo Tsotsobe kept the target within reach, and Cook then again shone with 96, which, alongside fifties for James Foster and Bopara, sealed a comfortable seven-wicket win.

Metro Bank One Day Cup Remaining Fixtures

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Essex Members need only to show their valid card at the gate and are free to sit in any vacant seat anywhere in the ground, though the Doug Insole Pavilion benches and seating blocks 1-14 and 27-31 are reserved specifically for members.

General admission seats are located in blocks 15 to 26 and are unreserved, with the Family Area able to be found in block 23, which is part of the Felsted School Stand.

These are priced at £16 for adults if bought in advance, or £22 at the gate on the day, while young adults aged between 18 and 25 can buy at any time for £11, and under-18 tickets cost just £5.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the link below:


How To Watch

If you are unable to make it to The Cloud County Ground in person, the match will be streamed live and available to watch via the Essex Cricket Matchzone or on the Essex Cricket TV YouTube channel.

Live updates will also be provided on the Club’s own social media channels, while highlights will be available after each day’s play via the Essex Cricket website and social channels too.