Derbyshire beat Essex within the Royal London Cup

Disappointment – for Essex captain Tom Westley Pictured: TGS Pictures

Brooke Visitor anchored Derbyshire to an sudden Royal London Cup success in opposition to Essex along with his more and more spectacular career-high 50-over rating.

Visitor, who has 4 first-class centuries to his identify this season, upset a big, sun-drenched Chelmsford crowd with a 79-ball 88, coming into the stage in the midst of a mini-collapse when 5 Three wickets fell within the balls.

Nevertheless, Derbyshire’s innings got here alive once more when the 25-year-old visitor was added by Matty McKiernan (72 not out) for the sixth wicket of 125 runs.

This helped Derbyshire attain 318–6 and, ultimately, register their second Royal London win in two seasons.

Essex had been within the semi-finals final 12 months however all the time completed second regardless of successful the toss and asking Derbyshire to bat on a delicate wicket.

Solely South Africa’s Grant Roulofsen and 18-year-old Jamal Richards held on for any size, marking their debuts with 43 and 46 respectively, as Essex had been bowled out for 226 in 45 overs and fell 92 runs brief.

Beneath the floodlights of a day-night contest, Essex’s chase bought off to the worst begin when Firoz Khushi was caught on the backfoot by Sam Connors with out scoring.

Instantly adopted by captain Tom Westley, who equally went down the ball to Ben Aitchison.

Josh Rimmel stabilized issues with Roulofsen, the pair scoring 53, leaving Louis Rees on 38 because the irreverent visitor.

Robin Das briefly entertained 19 off 13 balls, together with a straight six, earlier than Mark Watt took revenge by positioning himself below an excellent catch off his personal ball.

Will Buttleman was caught behind Reece and all of a sudden Essex had been in deep trouble at 99-5.

Roulofsen had impressed in native membership cricket and within the second XI this summer season, and performed himself quietly however skillfully.

He was in no bother till he was run out for 43 at mid-on by a throw from Anuj Dal.

Aaron Beard, on the different finish, was on the mistaken finish of a run-out of a special sort when McKiernan turned Aaron Nijjar’s drive over the non-striker’s stump and Beard was off his floor.

Shane Snater tries to comb Alex Thomson and offers Visitor a snug catch behind the stumps.

Nijjar and 18-year-old Jamal Richards refused to go down and not using a combat with a troublesome ninth-wicket stand of 51 runs earlier than Visitor took his fourth catch to finish Nijjar’s enjoyable.

Richards hit two sixes at midwicket in his first innings after which took a catch contained in the ropes.

Earlier within the day, Rees and Billy Godelman made a tentative begin by concentrating on Beard for some tough therapy – which included inadvertently bringing him into their follow-through when the Derbyshire captain scrambled for a fast single.

Beard had conceded simply two runs in his first two overs, however was withdrawn after a gap spell of 4 overs, with 35 runs in opposition to his identify, which noticed Godleman hit consecutive sixes on the top.

Godleman walked in when he determined to cost the snatter and was bowled after a gap stand of 64 runs.

Harry Kemm joined with Rees so as to add one other half-century for the second wicket after which diddge the ball by the hands of Nijjar for a fast flurry of wickets. Tom Wooden drove three deliveries earlier than his middle-stump was returned by Nijjar after which Reece thumped the ball again 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 again on the same tack.

Visitor and McKiernan leveled the scoreboard to such an extent that Derbyshire might handle solely 4 runs from the final 68 balls.

The guests went on to 88 with a six at mid-on off Snater, however had been destroyed trying the identical shot on the following ball, however solely to seek out Beard over the fence.

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