County Corner: Eagles grounded

PUBLISHED: 08:38 27 March 2012

James Foster and Tymal Mills talk tactics (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

James Foster and Tymal Mills talk tactics (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Middlesex win 40-over clash

Essex slipped to a 50-run defeat in their friendly against Middlesex at Chelmsford yesterday.

Eagles produced a decent effort in the field, but an 89-run stand for the seventh wicket between Adam Rossington (63) and Steven Crook (55) lifted Middlesex to 215.

Graham Napier (3-63) was the most successful Essex bowler, while Tymal Mills also claimed three wicketa and Michael Comber (2-21) nabbed a brace.

Eagles lost Tom Westley and Jaik Mickleburgh cheaply in reply but had reached 87-2 before the match turned Middlesex’s way.

Adam Wheater and Mark Pettini fell in quick succession, with Pettini having hit two sixes and six fours in his 57-ball innings of 52.

Greg Smith and Comber followed them back to the pavilion to leave Eagles wobbling on 104-6 with 15 overs still to go.

Napier and captain James Foster put on 54 in just seven overs, before their faint hopes were finally dashed.

Napier fell for 33 off just 18 balls, to leave Foster unbeaten on 22 at the close.

Essex host Worcestershire in a two-day friendly starting tomorrow, before travelling to take on Cambridge University at Fenner’s on Saturday for a three-day fixture.

Their first county championship match against Gloucestershire starts at Chelmsford next Thursday (April 5).

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