Essex are soundly beaten by Middlesex in Second XI opener

Middlesex 2nd v Essex 2nd – Second XI Championship – Radlett Cricket Club – Report

Essex 2nd: 150 and 114

Middlesex 2nd: 258 and 7/0 

Essex 2nd won the toss and elected to bowl

Middlesex 2nd won by ten wickets

Essex endured a difficult opening to their Second XI Championship campaign as their Middlesex counterparts roared to a ten-wicket victory inside two days at Radlett.

The writing was on the wall from the start for Essex. Robin Das followed up some impressive pre-season performances with a half-century. However, Jamal Richards was the only other visiting batter to reach double figures. Essex were largely reliant on a sizable amount of extras to reach 150 – Ishaan Kaushal was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 4/32.

Max Holden (34), Joe Cracknell (33) and Martin Andersson (31) provided the platform for Middlesex’s 108-run first-innings lead. Paul Walter impressed with the ball, taking 4/19, while there were three wickets for Ben Allison.

Middlesex continued to dominate. Thilan Walallawita took 3/20 as Essex were dismissed inside 37 overs for 114. Das again led the way for the Essex batters with 23 on what proved to be a tough examination – Kaushal, Andersson and Toby Greatwood with two apiece for the Seaxes.

It took Middlesex just five balls to secure victory, Holden with the decisive runs.

Middlesex 2nd: MDE Holden, N Fernandes, JB Cracknell, MK Andersson, LBK Hollman, D O’Driscoll†, NA Sowter*, BC Cullen, TN Walallawita, TL Greatwood, I Kaushal, NB Cornwell

Essex 2nd: PI Walter, FIN Khushi, MS Pepper*†, JS Rymell, RJ Das, WEL Buttleman, LM Benkenstein, AP Beard, JA Richards, BMJ Allison, ES Kalley, N Dwivedi

Umpires: S Redfern and BJ Peverall

Scorers: ND Smith and P Parkinson

Brian Jeeves

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