August 13, 2022
Recent Match Report – Derbyshire vs Essex Group B 2022


derbyshire beat 318 for 6 (Guest 88, McKiernan 72*, Reece 52) Essex 226 by 92 runs

Brooke Guest anchored Derbyshire to Royal London Cup success with an increasingly impressive career-high 50-over score against Essex.

Guest, who has four first-class centuries to his name this season, disappointed a large, sun-drenched Chelmsford crowd with 88 runs off 79 balls, falling three wickets in five balls on the stage in the middle of a mini-collapse. on entered.

However, Derbyshire’s innings came alive again when the 25-year-old guest was added by Matty McKiernan (72 not out) for the sixth wicket of 125 runs. This helped Derbyshire reach 318 for 6 and eventually, register only their second Royal London win in two seasons.

Essex were in the semi-finals last year but always finished second despite winning the toss and asking Derbyshire to bat on a gentle wicket.

Only South Africa’s Grant Roulofsen and 18-year-old Jamal Richards hung on for any length, marking their debuts with 43 and 46 respectively, as Essex were bowled out for 226 in 45 overs and fell 92 runs short.

Under the flurry of a day-night contest, Essex’s chase got off to the worst start when Firoz Khushi was caught on the backfoot by Sam Connors without scoring. Immediately followed by captain Tom Westley, who similarly went down the ball to Ben Aitchison.

Josh Rimmel stabilized things with Roulofsen, the pair scoring 53, leaving Louis Rees on 38 as the irreverent guest.

Robin Das briefly entertained 19 off 13 balls, including a straight six, before Mark Watt took revenge by positioning himself under a brilliant catch off his own ball. Will Buttleman was caught behind Rees and suddenly Essex were in serious trouble at 99 for 5.

Roulofsen had impressed in local club cricket and second XI this summer, and played himself quietly but skillfully. He was in no trouble until he was run out for 43 at mid-on by a throw from Anuj Dal.

Aaron Beard, at the other end, was on the wrong end of a run-out of a different type when McKiernan turned Aaron Nijjar’s drive over the non-striker’s stump and Beard was off his ground.

Shane Snater sweeps the ball off Alex Thomson and gives Guest a comfortable catch behind the stumps. Nijjar and Richards refused to go down without a fight, putting on a hard 51 for the ninth wicket before Guest took his fourth catch to end Nijjar’s fun.

Richards hit two sixes at midwicket in his first innings and then took a catch inside the ropes.

Earlier in the day, Rees and Billy Godelman made a tentative start by targeting Beard for some rough treatment – inadvertently including him in their follow-through when the Derbyshire captain scrambled for a quick single.

Beard conceded just two runs in his first two overs, but was withdrawn after an opening spell of four overs, with 35 runs against his name, which saw Godelman hit consecutive sixes on the head. Godleman walked in when he decided to charge the snatter and was bowled after an opening stand of 64 runs.

Harry Kemm joined with Rees to add another half-century for the second wicket and chipped the ball back to Nijjar to clear up a quick dislocation of the wickets. Tom Wood played three deliveries before his middle-stump was returned by Nijjar and then Reece patted the ball back to Westley and stopped at 63 for 52.

Richards claimed his first senior wicket when Dal took over midwicket after a 52-run fifth-wicket partnership with Atithi, which put Derbyshire back on a similar tack.

Guest and McKiernan leveled the scoreboard to such an extent that Derbyshire could manage only four runs from the last 68 balls. The visitors went on to 88 with a six at mid-on off Snater, but were destroyed attempting the same shot on the next ball, but only to find Beard over the fence.

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