Essex Cricket Ability take the positives from Middlesex double-header defeats

Middlesex v Essex Cricket Ability – T20 Double-Header – William Perkins School – Report

Essex Cricket Ability could take plenty of positives despite slipping to successive defeats in a T20 double-header with their Middlesex counterparts, staged at the William Pekins School.

The Middlesex batters provided the Essex attack with plenty to think about during the first encounter.

N Magdani scored 67 off 48 balls while Matthew Jones finished unbeaten on 61 as the home side posted a sizable 177 for three. Benny Fryatt, Matthew Thomas and Billy Gibbons were the Essex players to break through with the ball.

The Essex chase struggled to gain any significant momentum. Fryatt hit 29 and Ben Aust 24. But some economical bowling from Middlesex, with Deepak Sharda leading the way, returning bowling figures of two for 24, Essex were restricted to 111/5 – Middlesex winning by 66 runs.

The second contest was far closer. Aust was again amongst the runs, scoring 60 off 51 and helping Essex post 112/3. Jones, Magdani and Sunil Sagar tasted success in the Middlesex attack.

Responding, William Beerling was the standout Middlesex batter with 41.  Essex bowled tightly with Thomas claiming 2/13 from an impressive four-over spell. Gibbons, Dom Elliott and Alfie Jeeves were also amongst the wickets.

Essex took the game to its final over before Middlesex reached their target with five balls to spare.

Middlesex: Zak Spears, Sunil Sagar, H Rashid, Ben Mason, William Beerling, Ashan Rajasinghe, Dylan Patel, Matthew Jones, N Magdani, Deepak Sharda, Stefan Mckenzie

Essex: Ben Aust, Matthew Thomas, Jack Flowers, Rhys Turnbull, James Cole, Martyn Doe, Billy Gibbons, Benny Fryatt, Dom Elliott, Alfie Jeeves, Alex Scott

Brian Jeeves