Match Report | Essex Eagles v Surrey

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Essex Eagles v Surrey
Royal London One-Day Cup
The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Sunday 27 May, 2018

Essex Eagles | Adam Wheater (31)+, Varun Chopra (6), Tom Westley (21), Ravi Bopara (25), Dan Lawrence (28), Ryan ten Doeschate (27)*, Ashar Zaidi (99), Simon Harmer (11), Neil Wagner (13), Shane Snater (29), Sam Cook (16).

Surrey | Jason Roy (20), Will Jacks (9), Dean Elgar (64), Rory Burns (17)*, Ben Foakes (7)+, Ollie Pope (32), Sam Curran (58), Scott Borthwick (6), Rikki Clarke (81), Gareth Batty (13),  Jade Dernbach (16).

Umpires | Neil Bainton & Alex Wharf

Toss | Surrey who elected to bowl.

Result | Surrey win by 6 wickets.

Match Report | 

The Eagles hopes of reaching the latter stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup suffered a huge blow when they suffered a 6 wicket defeat against Surrey at The Cloudfm County Ground.

Faced with a total of 294 for 9, the visitors cantered to the winning post with 5 overs to spare, as three of their top four batsmen all posted scores in excess of 80.

Opener Jason Roy scored 86 from 64 deliveries and his runs came out of 131. He had collected four sixes and eight fours before he was caught by wicket-keeper Adam Wheater off the bowling of Neil Wagner.

By then, he had shared in a stand of 127 in 22 overs with Dean Elgar who went on to hit a superb 87.

His effort, which spanned 95 deliveries contained 3 fours and 4 sixes. Keeping him company in another century stand was former Essex player Ben Foakes.

Elgar eventually departed to a delivery by Ryan ten Doeschate when the Eagles skipper claimed a return catch off his own bowling but Foakes continued to plunder runs at ease as he completed his half-century from 59 balls. He went on to finish unbeaten on 84 having struck 12 fours. In all, he faced 87 balls in a Surrey score of 295 for 4.

The Essex innings owed much to Varun Chopra, Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara, each of whom passed 50.

Chopra, fresh from his 160 in the previous match against Somerset, continued his good form with 61 from 84 balls with the help of five fours.

He departed when he chipped spinner Scott Borthwick to short cover, the previous ball having accounted for Westley when he was caught at mid-on for 54 accumulated fr0m 50 balls; this innings contained two sixes among his five boundaries.

Bopara went on to make 74 from 71 deliveries, his fourth successive half-century in the competition, before he ran himself out in the penultimate over of the innings.

The Eagles innings had slowed after the loss of Chopra when it took ten overs to find a boundary and their inability to increase the tempo in the later stages of their innings proved fatal.

A total in excess of 300 seemed on the cards when they reached 257 for 5 with five overs remaining but they lost five wickets for only 38 runs in that time.

That included four wickets in 14 balls as the innings faded away.