Over 50s make Quarter-Final

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The Essex Over 50s cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Hampshire in the ECB County Championship Last 16 at Billericay on Wednesday.

Mehriyar Hussain led a dominant Essex bowling attack, taking 3-16 in nine overs with three maidens as Hampshire were bowled out for 117 in 42 overs.

Hussain led from the front in the Essex reply as he scored 38 not out to help lift Essex to the quarterfinals.

Essex put Hampshire in to bat and struck almost immediately. With just seven runs on the scoreboard, Colin Day was caught in the slips by Hussain off the bowling of Mughal, and the same combination removed Rob Williams.

Hussain then took his first wicket, trapping John Adams LBW for just two runs, although Adams was less than thrilled with the decision.

Hampshire’s woes continued as Shahid Iqbal ran out David Streather for one and Ian Pont took two catches to reduce the visitors to 67-6.

Opener Neil Trestrail was the sole bright stop for Hampshire as he made his way to a slow half century, tallying 55 runs from 101 deliveries before he was caught and bowled by Nigel Holmes.

Barry Goodman (12) and Neil Taylor (16) held off the inevitable for a while, but Goodman was bowled by Hussain and although Taylor remained not out, Pont collected the remaining two wickets to end Hampshire’s inning with three overs still remaining.

Essex required just 2.62 runs an over to win with their target 118, but they quickly showed they were not planning to take the chase to the last over.

Hussain and Neil Braithwaite built up a 36-run partnership with Braithwaite contributing 25 from 33 deliveries before he was caught out by Goodman at mid off with Hampshire captain Kevin Poulter bowling.

Iqbal was dismissed LBW for nine by Taylor but that was the last opportunity for Hampshire. Kevin Grant came to the crease and belted 40 runs not out, with all his runs coming from boundaries, as he and Hussain launched Essex over the line with eight wickets in hand and 18.3 overs to spare.

The over 50s will take on Surrey in a Home Quarter-Final Tie at High Roding Cricket Club on Wednesday 17 August at 1:00pm.