Essex County Cricket Abilities v Middlesex County Cricket Abilities – D40 Quest – Harlow Town Cricket Club – Summary
Essex County Cricket Abilities 63 (30.0 overs)
Middlesex County Cricket Abilities 64.3 (21.4 overs)
Middlesex County Cricket Abilities won the toss and elected to bowl
Middlesex County Cricket Abilities won by seven wickets
Essex found the going tough against a well-drilled Middlesex side that included several internationals.
Having been invited to bat, Joe Freestone top-scored for the home side with 26, while Andy Catherell scored 16. However, those around them fell cheaply, largely due to impressive bowling from George Greenway and Mohammed Farooq.
Highly rated, England man, Greenway is viewed by many as world-class with the ball in hand. He lived up to that billing with 4/5 from his five-over spell.
Another England player, Farooq was also amongst the wickets, claiming 3/21 from eight as Essex were dismissed for 63.
Although there was already little doubt about the eventual outcome, the Essex team can take huge credit for making a fist of it against a very talented side.
Skipper, Ronnie Jackson removed Umesh Valjee, trapped lbw for ten, while Greenway found himself back in the pavilion, caught by Jackson off a ball from Issac Elles for 18.
Zak Spears was snared in the gloves of Catherall – Ben Aust the bowler. However, Middlesex reached their target inside 22 overs to ensure their place at the top of the early D40 Quest league table.
Essex County Cricket Abilities: Ronnie Jackson (Capt), Alexander Welby, Joe Freestone, Andrew Mowatt, Matthew Edwards, Ben Aust, Lee Wheeler, Andy Catherell (WK), Issac Elles, Benny Fryatt, Alfie Jeeves
Middlesex County Cricket Abilities: Umesh Valjee, George Greenway, Aryan Janjale, Zak Spears, Sam Kumar, Elliot Brown (WK), Matthew Jones, James Nordin (Capt), Moazzam Rashid, Mohammed Farooq, Jai Charan
Points: Essex County Cricket Abilities 1 Middlesex County Cricket Abilities 30