Essex Hawks are beaten by Middlesex

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Middlesex v Essex Hawks – D40 Quest – William Perkins School, Greenford – Report

Essex Hawks 109 (38.2 overs)

Middlesex 112/1 (21.3 overs)

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl

Middlesex won by nine wickets

Essex Hawks found themselves on the wrong end of a nine-wicket defeat when they took on a strong Middlesex side at the William Perkins School, Greenford

The Essex batters found the going tough against a lively Middlesex attack. Sam Kumar excelled, returning bowling figures of four for 16 from an impressive seven-over stint. Joe Moss top-scored for the visitors with 26 off 45 balls, while skipper Ronnie Jackson contributed 22 from 30.

Middlesex reached the modest target set by the visitors inside twenty-two overs. Umesh Valjee finished unbeaten on 43. His innings included seven 4s and one six. Meanwhile, Aryan Janjale hit 37* to see the hosts over the line with some to spare.

Matthew Thomas was rewarded for his toil with the ball, claiming Maddox Colby with an absolute honey of a delivery, on what was otherwise a frustrating afternoon for Essex.

Middlesex: Umesh Valjee, Maddox Colby, Aryan Janjale, Elliot Brown, Mohammed Farooq, Matthew Jones, Jai Charan, Neil Magdani, Sam Kumar, N Butt, James Nordin

Essex Hawks: Ronnie Jackson (Capt), Alexander Welby, Andrew Mowatt, Jehan Sabih, Joe Moss, Andy Catherell (WK), Ben Aust, Alfie Jeeves, Benny Fryatt, Joe Freestone, Matthew Edwards, Matthew Thomas

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