Essex Falcons lose out to Surrey


Surrey v Essex Falcons

D40 Pursuit South-East
Ashford Cricket Club, Staines
Sunday 02 June 2024

Surrey: Ed Harvey, Joe Fisher, Sam Mannion, Mark Pilkington, Jason Talmer, Matt Harris, Frazer Fowler, Matthew Browne, Kashif Kashif, Thomas Davies.

Essex Hawks: Andrew Mowatt, Matthew Hazell, James Ward, Lee Wheeler, Martyn Doe, Issac Elles, Billy Gibbons, Benny Fryett, Alfie Jeeves, Matthew Thomas, Jack Gair

Toss: Surrey won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Surrey won by 54 runs

Match Report

Words: Brian Jeeves
Image: Neil Robinson

Essex Falcons slipped to their second D40 Pursuit South-East defeat of the season as hosts Surrey recorded a 54-run victory in a fixture staged at Ashford Cricket Club, Staines.

Having won the toss and handed Essex the ball, Surrey’s top-order batters made swift progress, most notably Sam Mannion, who hit a half-century before becoming one of four victims to Essex spinner Isaac Elles. The home side posted 193 for eight, with Joe Fisher hitting 37 and wicketkeeper/batter Ed Harvey 29.

Elles was the pick of the visitors’ attack, returning impressive bowling figures of 8-1-33-4. Matt Thomas delivered a tight spell, returning one for 22 from an impressive seven overs, while Billy Gibbons and skipper Lee Wheeler were also amongst the wickets.

The Essex response was solid and steady but lacked consistent momentum to chase down their target. Wheeler top-scored with an unbeaten 37*, while opener Andrew Mowatt hit 36. Elles followed up his performance with the ball, finishing not out 19. Surrey’s Matt Harris took two for 24 from eight overs, helping his side home with some to spare.