Grant Roelofsen threat sharpens Essex’s quarter-finals challenge

Essex 240 (Roelofsen 90, Westley 52, Waite 3-23) beat Yorkshire 76 for six (Snater 3-29) by 88 runs (D/L technique)

Grant Roelofsen’s elegant innings helped Essex to a 3rd successive Royal London Cup win and bolstered their possibilities of qualifying for the knockout phases.

The South African recorded his third half-century in a row within the competitors, ending with a season’s excessive of 90 off 97 balls earlier than Essex’s final eight wickets fell inside 14 overs for the addition of 56 runs.

Roelofsen placed on 151 – the one vital partnership of the sport – with Essex captain Tom Westley, whose 52 was his fourth successive rating above fifty.

Yorkshire had been quickly in bother in pursuit of 241, dropping 4 wickets within the first six overs, and by no means recovered earlier than heavy rain ended play – a aid not only for the Chelmsford outfield, but in addition or one of the vital parched components of the nation. Essex, profitable by 88 runs on Duckworth-Lewis, leapfrogged Yorkshire into third place, although they’ve performed a recreation extra.

Roelofsen dominated the third-wicket stand. Although not afraid to improvise with the reverse-sweep, essentially the most eye-catching of
Roelofsen’s spectacular array of strokes was a punishing off-drive although the covers for one among eight fours.

There have been two sixes for the South African in an over from Harry Sullivan over midwicket, and a 3rd much more effortlessly off Matt Revis. At different instances he was content material to maintain the scoreboard ticking together with nudges and flicks for singles and doubles.

Westley was very a lot the sleeping associate. His fifth boundary, clouted firmly previous Revis, introduced up not solely his personal fifty, but in addition 150 for the stand. Nevertheless, with out addition he miscued an tried pull over midwicket and skied a return catch to Sullivan. Roelofsen perished not lengthy after when he went for one reverse-sweep too many in opposition to Sullivan and picked out Shutt at backward level.

The pair had come collectively 25 overs earlier after Feroze Khushi was bowled by Ben Coad enjoying down the mistaken line, and was adopted virtually instantly by opening associate Josh Rymell, run out on his name by a direct throw to the non-striker’s finish by Shutt fielding at mid-off.

Nevertheless, the parting of Roelofsen and Westley prefaced a collapse from 184-2 to 240 all out.

Robin Das fell to a carbon-copy of Roelofsen’s dismissal, chipping up Dom Bess to Coad. Nick Browne was bowled making an attempt to provide himself room in opposition to Shutt. Luc Benkenstein tried to slog Waite and was bowled earlier than Aron Nijjar was castled by Shutt. Waite mopped up the innings by having Jamal Richards caught behind and Ray Toole held one-handed at full stretch by Will Fraine at broad mid-on.

The goal didn’t initially look onerous, however Yorkshire had been rapidly in bother. Roelofsen, swapping batting pads for the wicketkeeper’s, was quickly again on the scorecard, catching Harry Duke behind off a faint tickle after which stumping Will Luxton, who tried to cost Nijjar.

Shane Snater then had Fraine edging to slide, and subsequent ball trapped Jonathan Tattersall like a statue in his crease to say his third wicket in 11 balls.

George Hill and Waite dug in doggedly for 9 overs till Waite’s 35-ball vigil for 15 ended when he was lbw to 1 that stored low from Toole. The New Zealand seamer adopted that by discovering the sting of Revis’s bat and Yorkshire had fallen to 71-6.

5 runs later the gamers scuttled off as the primary critical rainfall of an in any other case dry season rapidly flooded the bottom and compelled Duckworth and Lewis into decisive motion.

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