Hazell hammers 70 as Essex edge out Middlesex

Middlesex v Essex Cricket Ability – D40 Pursuit South – Chiswick Cricket Club – Report

Middlesex 214/3 (40.0 overs)

Essex Cricket Ability 216/6 (34.3 overs)

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat

Essex Cricket Ability won by four wickets

Essex Cricket Ability recorded a remarkable four-wicket victory over their Middlesex counterparts following a terrific D40 Pursuit South encounter at Chiswick Cricket Club.

Travelling a player short due to a late withdrawal and up against a strong Middlesex batting order the Essex attack toiled in the soaring heat. Middlesex captain, Sue Benson retired not out on 58, while N Mandani hit 44 off 39 balls helping the home side to 214/3. Benny Fryatt, Martyn Doe and James Cole the Essex bowlers rewarded with a wicket apiece.

Doe and skipper, Matthew Hazell put on 58 for the opening wicket as Essex started the way they meant to go on. Hazell was in sparkling form with the bat and went on to score 70 off 62 balls during his 101-minute stint at the crease. His innings included ten 4s and three 6s.

Fryatt contributed 24 and Matthew Thomas 17. However, Middlesex refused to throw in the towel. Three quick wickets left the contest finely poised.

Wicketkeeper/batter, Glyn Thomas, came together with Alfie Jeeves to forge a 49-run sixth-wicket partnership. And although Thomas was eventually caught by Sunil Sagar off Martin Henderson, his quickfire 36 had carried Essex to the cusp of victory.

Cole hit the winning runs over the rope to cap a superb team performance, securing their first D40 Pursuit South victory of the season and sparking wild scenes of celebration amongst the Essex players. 

Middlesex: Ashan Rajasinghe, Aryan Janjale, Sue Benson (Capt), Martin Henderson, Matthew Key (WK), Jai Charan, Sunil Sagar, Ben Mason, William Beerling, Matthew Dix, M Keys

Essex Cricket Ability: Martyn Doe, Matthew Hazel (Capt), Jack Flowers, Benny Fryatt, Glyn Thomas (WK), James Coles, Alfie Jeeves, Matthew Thomas, Dom Elliott, Oliver Kennedy 

Umpires: S Greaves and C Hirani

Scorers: Mike Stephenson and Nandini Amarawardana

Brian Jeeves

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