Essex v Middlesex

Batting first Essex made a fine start many thanks to the ever-reliable A Flower who proceeded with the help of the Essex captain to destroy the Middlesex attack all over the place, adding 67 for the first wicket. However a further three quick wickets fell to peg the home side back partly before A Flower found a useful associate in P Grayson as the pair added 63 runs in quick time before the Zimbabwean was dismissed by Abdul Razzaq with just a single ball remaining in the innings. A Flower departed for a fantastic 83 from just 53 balls, P Grayson at the other end finished 34 (25) not out.

Middlesex had a tough task ahead of them if they were to chase down one of the bigger score of the competition so far - 176. That task got a lot harder when the in form J Dakin destroyed the top order of the visitors to reduce them to 3/34, S Brant the other wicket taker. However the Middlesex pair of P Weekes and Abdul Razzaq went about the rebuilding of the innings by adding 49 very quick runs before Abdul Razzaq fell to the part-time bowling of P Grayson. Another very handy partnership of P Weekes and E Joyce then added a further 22 runs as the target was still within range even after the poor start Middlesex had. When P Weekes departed of the bowling of ten Doeschate, it bought the last real batsman to the middle R Weston, but he soon became another victim of ten Doeschate. E Joyce also depart in the same period of play and left the lower order needed to score around 30 runs for victory. However a faint hope nearly came true as both B Hutton and S Cook went after the bowlers and were unlucky to fall just two runs short of the target when the allotted 20 overs were up.


Twenty20 Cup, 2003, South Division
Essex v Middlesex
County Ground, Chelmsford (day/night)
24 June 2003 (20-over match)

Result: Essex won by 2 runs
Points: Essex 2, Middlesex 0

Toss: Middlesex
Umpires: AA Jones and B Leadbeater
Man of the Match: A Flower

Essex innings (20 overs maximum)                                R   M   B  4 6
+A Flower             c Shah             b Abdul Razzaq        83  78  53 12 1
*RC Irani             c Bloomfield       b Weekes              30  29  24  4 1
ML Pettini            run out                                   2   4   5  0 0
DDJ Robinson          c Shah             b Cook                 5   4   5  0 0
A Habib               c Weston           b Bloomfield          10   6   7  0 1
AP Grayson            not out                                  34  31  25  4 0
JM Dakin              not out                                   1   1   1  0 0
Extras                (b 1, lb 5, w 4)                         10
Total                 (5 wickets, 20 overs)                   175

DNB: RS Bopara, GR Napier, SA Brant, RN ten Doeschate.

FoW: 1-67 (Irani), 2-77 (Pettini), 3-90 (Robinson),
     4-107 (Habib), 5-170 (Flower).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Bloomfield                   4      0     27      1 (1w)
Keegan                       4      0     35      0
Cook                         4      0     26      1
Abdul Razzaq                 4      0     38      1
Weekes                       3      0     31      1 (1w)
Joyce                        1      0     12      0 (2w)

Middlesex innings (target: 176 runs from 20 overs)              R   M   B  4 6
PN Weekes             c Robinson         b ten Doeschate       35  54  32  3 1
*AJ Strauss                              b Brant                9   5   7  2 0
CB Keegan             c Brant            b Dakin                8   4   7  2 0
OA Shah               lbw                b Dakin                6   7   4  1 0
Abdul Razzaq          c Pettini          b Grayson             33  19  19  7 0
EC Joyce              c Dakin            b Grayson             31  21  23  4 0
RMS Weston            c Pettini          b ten Doeschate       10  11   8  1 0
BL Hutton             not out                                   9   3   6  1 0
SJ Cook               not out                                  19   1  16  0 0
Extras                (b 1, lb 4, w 4, nb 4)                   13
Total                 (7 wickets, 20 overs)                   173

DNB: TF Bloomfield, +D Alleyne.

FoW: 1-12 (Strauss), 2-21 (Keegan), 3-34 (Shah),
     4-83 (Abdul Razzaq), 5-115 (Weekes), 6-138 (Joyce),
     7-145 (Weston).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Dakin                        4      0     31      2 (2w)
Brant                        4      0     30      1
ten Doeschate                4      0     35      2 (1nb)
Napier                       4      0     36      0 (1nb, 1w)
Grayson                      4      0     36      2 (1w)
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