Essex Eagles v Middlesex – Vitality Blast T20 South Group – Summary
Middlesex 184/5 (20.0 overs)
Essex Eagles 10/0 (1.3 overs)
Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to bowl
Match Abandoned – No Result
Inclement weather ensured an early conclusion as Vitality Blast champions Essex Eagles attempted to get their title defence underway against Middlesex at Chelmsford.
Having been invited to bat, Middlesex opener Stevie Eskinazi hit 18 off Aaron Beard from the inaugural over. However, it was his partner, Max Holden, who stole the limelight.
The Middlesex left-hander carried his bat, finishing unbeaten on 102 from just 60 balls – a knock which included nine 4s and three 6s.
Eskinazi had reached 24 before he was caught by Simon Harmer at point off Matt Quinn – Nick Gubbins (23) the only other Middlesex batsman to reach double figures – Quinn, with 2/24, the pick of the Essex attack.
Despite a slight delay, the Essex response got underway with the home side reaching ten without loss by the middle of the second over – Varun Chopra 2, Cameron Delport 8. But the showers returned, forcing the players back to the pavilion.
A revised target of 156 from 16 overs was calculated, but with the rain now falling heavily there was little prospect of the game restarting.
Essex now heads to the Kia Oval on Sunday, August 30 to face Surrey (2pm).
Points: Essex Eagles 1 Middlesex 1
Essex Eagles: Cameron Delport, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (Capt), Shane Snater, Aaron Beard, Matthew Quinn
Middlesex: Max Holden, Stevie Eskinazi, Martin Andersson, Nick Gubbins, Dan Lincoln, John Simpson (WK), Miguel Cummins, James Harris, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn (Capt)
Officials: Neil Bainton, Chris Watts and Stephen Davis