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Middlesex 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI -Second XI Championship – Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood – Report
Essex 2nd XI: 305 & 222/9 dec
Middlesex 2nd XI: 245 & 287/6
Essex 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat
Middlesex 2nd XI won by four wickets
Essex disappointingly concluded their Second XI Championship campaign with a four-wicket defeat to their Middlesex counterparts at the Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood.
Tom Helm’s unbeaten second innings knock off 95 helped the hosts over the line. The 27-year-old right-hander compiled his score from 96 balls during a 139-minute stint at the crease. Joe Cracknell contributed 71 – LucBenkenstein doing his utmost for Essex, taking 4/53, taking his match figures to 7/93.
Earlier, Essex appeared to be in a strong position after posing a first-innings total of 305. Aaron Beard’s superb unbeaten 125 off 139 was the highlight. Meanwhile, Benkenstein’s heroics with the ball, coupled with 3/42 from Jamal Richards helped establish a healthy advantage.
Robin Das hit 80, while Will Buttleman reached his half-century, seemingly putting Essex in control. However, Helm saved the best for last to see Middlesex home with some to spare.
Middlesex 2nd XI: JM de Caires, Z McCaskie, JLB Davies, JB Cracknell, N Fernandes, NA Sowter (Capt), TG Helm, D O’Driscoll (WK), VN Patel, MB Harris, TL Greatwood
Essex 2nd XI: RJ Das, JLH MacGregor, FIN Khushi, JS Rymell, WEL Buttleman (WK), LM Benkenstein, NV Gorantla, AP Beard (Capt), J Richards, JH Plom, AK Russell, HWL Phillips
Umpires: NJ Piper and MD Watton
Scorers: ND Smith and P Parkinson