Chopra hits double-ton for Essex second-string

Sussex 2nd v Essex 2nd – Second XI County Championship – Blackstone Academy Ground, Hove – Summary

Essex 2nd 477/6d

Sussex 2nd 191 and 146/3 (33.0 overs)

Essex won the toss and elected to bat

Match drawn

Varum Chopra’s double-century proved to be the highlight of Essex’s weather affected trip to the south coast.

Chopra amassed 211 off 281 balls during his 367 minutes at the crease. The 33-year-old right-hander hit 26 boundaries and four 6s during his eye-catching knock.

Josh Rymell also gave the hosts something to think about – His 103 came off 162 deliveries. Michael Pepper chipping in with 89 before the declaration came on 477/6 – Jamie Atkins with 3/100 the pick of the hosts’ beleaguered attack.

Ben Allison took 4/35 from 18 overs, while Aron Nijjar chipped in with 3/51 as Essex made short work of the Sussex batting order. Ali Orr offered notable resistance, hitting 80 off 159 balls before becoming a victim of Nijjar.

Following on, Sussex had reached 146/3 when the blustery, wet weather frustratingly intervened again. Orr was unbeaten on 70, while Aaron Beard had claimed 2/15 for the visitors.

Sussex 2nd XI: AGH Orr, HD Ward, OJ Carter (WK), L Bartier, M Campopiano, J Pocklington (Capt), JP Sarro, A Lenham, D Ibrahim, EP Taylor, HT Crocombe, JA Atkins

Essex 2nd XI: MS Pepper(Capt) (WK), WEL Buttleman, FIN Khushi, V Chopra, JS Rymell, RJ Das, ASS Nijjar, BMJ Allison, JH Plom, AP Beard, HWL Phillips, N Dwivedi

Umpires: M Newell and P Witney

Scorers: C Monk and NPR Smith

Brian Jeeves

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