Essex Falcons slip at Surrey

Surrey v Essex Falcons – D40 Pursuit South-East – Ashford Cricket Club, Staines – Report

Surrey 193 for eight (40.0 overs)

Essex Falcons 139 for four (40.0 overs)

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat

Surrey won by 54 runs

Essex Falcons slipped to their second D40 Pursuit South-East defeat of the season as hosts Surrey recorded a 54-run victory in a fixture staged at Ashford Cricket Club, Staines.

Having won the toss and handed Essex the ball, Surrey’s top-order batters made swift progress, most notably Sam Mannion, who hit a half-century before becoming one of four victims to Essex spinner Issac Elles. The home side posted 193 for eight, with Joe Fisher hitting 37 and wicketkeeper/batter Ed Harvey 29.

Elles was the pick of the visitors’ attack, returning impressive bowling figures of 8-1-33-4. Matt Thomas delivered a tight spell, returning one for 22 from an impressive seven overs, while Billy Gibbons and skipper Lee Wheeler were also amongst the wickets.

Isaac Elles was amongst the wickets for Essex Falcons at Surrey (Courtesy of Neil Robinson)

The Essex response was solid and steady but lacked consistent momentum to chase down their target. Wheeler top-scored with an unbeaten 37*, while opener Andrew Mowatt hit 36. Elles followed up his performance with the ball, finishing not out 19. Surrey’s Matt Harris took two for 24 from eight overs, helping his side home with some to spare.

Surrey: Ed Harvey, Joe Fisher, Sam Mannion, Mark Pilkington, Jason Talmer, Matt Harris, Frazer Fowler, Matthew Browne, Kashif Kashif, Thomas Davies

Essex Falcons: Andrew Mowatt, Matthew Hazell, James Ward, Lee Wheeler, Martyn Doe, Issac Elles, Billy Gibbons, Benny Fryett, Alfie Jeeves, Matthew Thomas, Jack Gair

Brian Jeeves