Essex second-string beaten on their return to Championship action

Essex 2nd XI v Hampshire 2nd XI – Second XI Championship – Billericay Cricket Club – Summary

Essex 2nd XI 229 and 235
Hampshire 2nd XI 241 & 224/3
Hampshire 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bowl
Hampshire 2nd XI won by seven wickets

Essex’s second-string suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Hampshire’s 2nd XI on their return to Second XI Championship action at Billericay’s Blunts Wall Road ground.

Aaron Beard’s half-century was the highlight of the Essex first innings. The 23-year-old reached fifty off 81 balls during a 126-minute stint at the crease. Kishen Velani hit 47 – MG Booth taking 3/24 for the visitors.

Fletcha Middleton’s 76 contributed to Hampshire establishing a useful lead – Toby Albert (47) and Charlie Mumford (40) also amongst the runs – Beard impressing with the ball, taking 4/77 while Eshun Kalley claimed 3/34.

Nick Browne and Michael Pepper both passed fifty, while Felix Organ’s 6/82 kept the contest in the balance. And so it proved as Hampshire, driven by a stylish unbeaten 105 off 157 deliveries from Tom Scriven, eased to victory. Albert contributed 63 – Ben Waring (2/62) for the beaten home side.

Essex 2nd XI: NLJ Browne, RJ Das, AP Beard*, SM Fernandes, N Dwivedi, HWL Phillips, KS Velani, R McKenna†, BA Waring, SJD Burgess, AK Russell, M Gul

Hampshire 2nd XI: FS Organ*, FS Middleton, TAR Scriven, TE Albert, C Mumford†, H Broderick, J Eckland, MG Booth, B Huntley, J Croom, H Petrie, K Khanna

Umpires: M Newell and MP Dobbs
Scorers: PJ Wolski and PJW Danks

Brian Jeeves

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