Essex ease past Middlesex to book Bob Willis final berth

Essex v Middlesex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Summary

Middlesex 138 and 150

Essex 236 and 53/1

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat

Essex won by nine wickets

Once again, it was the bowlers who took the plaudits as Essex booked their place in the Bob Willis Trophy final.

Simon Harmer finished with match figures of 6/88, while Sam Cook returned 7/55 as Essex romped to a nine-wicket victory over Middlesex inside seven sessions.

Harmer and Cook were ably supported by Jamie Porter who took 3/55 as the Middlesex first innings was concluded with just 138 on the board.

Adam Wheater’s 83 went some way towards Essex recovering from 87/5 to build a lead of 98. Paul Walter chipped in with 43, as bid Ryan ten Doeschate, who returned to the crease with Wheater having earlier left the fray due to a back issue.

 Aaron Beard got in on the act – the right-arm fast-medium taking 4/21 as Middlesex again struggled to make any real headway with the bat. Max Holden top-scored with 37, but a lead of 52 was hardly going to offer any significant problems for the current County Champions.

And so it proved. Despite losing Sir Alastair Cook in the middle of the tenth over. Essex knocked off the measly target to confirm their fourth victory of the campaign.

Essex now turn their attention to the T20 Vitality Blast competition when they face Surrey at the Cloudfm County Ground on Friday, September 11 (2pm)

Essex: Paul Walter, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Feroze Khushi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Middlesex: Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins Stevie Eskinazi (Capt), Robbie White, Martin Andersson John Simpson (WK), Blake Cullen, James Harris, Thilan Walallawita, Tim Murtagh

Officials: Russell Warren, Paul Pollard and Peter Such

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Brian Jeeves

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