Search

Essex ready for Middlesex test at Lord’s

PUBLISHED: 11:52 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:53 20 April 2017

Middlesex are hosting Essex at Lord's in the Specsavers County Championship (pic Anthony Devlin/PA)

Middlesex are hosting Essex at Lord's in the Specsavers County Championship (pic Anthony Devlin/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Quinn comes into 13-man squad for Zaidi

Essex have made one change to their 13-man squad for their trip to face Specsavers County Championship rivals Middlesex at Lord’s, starting on Friday.

Having beaten last year’s runners-up Somerset by eight wickets at Taunton, Essex now turn their attentions to the defending champions and have included pace bowler Matt Quinn at the expense of all-rounder Ashar Zaidi.

Quinn is returning from a long injury-lay-off, having taken three wickets in a second-team friendly against Norfolk at Frinton last weekend, and head coach Chris Silverwood admits he is satisfied in the manner his squad have adjusted to life back in the top-flight of domestic cricket.

“So far, so good, although it’s early days of course,” he said.

“We knew it would be a challenge and there was obviously a steep learning curve in our first match with Lancashire. Then there was a bit of a dog-fight with Somerset but in both matches, we scored the runs in the second innings, firstly to save the Lancashire match and then to pull off a superb win against Somerset.

“Although we needed to score the highest total of the match to win at Taunton, we weren’t fazed by the prospect. We did have a plan in how to go about achieving victory and we said if one batsman gets in, then the rest can bat around him and we can build partnerships and see what happens. It worked brilliantly.

“It shows what character we do have within the group and I think it sends out a strong message that we are here in Division One to make our presence felt.

“You can see the confidence in the squad and in individual players plus the good thing is that there is genuine competition for places in the starting line-up. “We are really looking forward to playing at Lord’s, it is a fantastic place to play cricket. Obviously Middlesex are going to be really tough opposition but that’s what Division One cricket is all about and we are ready to meet the next challenge in front of us.”

Of the last eight Championship contests between the two sides played at Lord’s, five have ended in stalemate with Middlesex recording two wins and Essex one victory.

Essex will again have Alastair Cook available after the England Test opener played a pivotal part in the win against Somerset with a century in the second innings to follow his fifty in his first visit to the crease.

Cook has averaged 89.4 in the County Championship since the start of last season, spanning 13 innings.

Essex: Ryan ten Doeschate; Adam Wheater; Varun Chopra; Nick Browne; Simon Harmer; Neil Wagner; Aaron Beard; Tom Westley; Ravi Bopara; Alastair Cook; Dan Lawrence; Jamie Porter; Matt Quinn.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

31 minutes ago

Hornchurch cricket club round-up

14:00

Daggers right-back battling to be fit to face Barrow on August 5 after breaking hand

Rain is only real winner from the weekend with Upminster and Ilford, among other clubs, left frustrated

12:30

Pre-season friendly: VCD Athletic 1 Hornchurch 4

Natwest T20 Blast South Group: Glamorgan A Essex A

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daggers boss keen to set record straight after rumours emerged in week of falling out with forward over possible transfer

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Bloomfield 79p) West Ham United XI 2 (Hector-Ingram 37, Kemp 89)

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now