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Guest checks into Chelmsford to lead Derbyshire to victory

Derbyshire 318 for six (Visitor 88, McKiernan 72*, Reece 52) beat Essex 226 by 92 runs

Brooke Visitor anchored Derbyshire to Royal London Cup success towards Essex with the best 50-over rating of his more and more spectacular profession.

Visitor, who has 4 first-class centuries to his title this season, pissed off a sizeable, sun-drenched Chelmsford crowd with a 79-ball 88, getting into stage proper within the midst of a mini-collapse when three wickets fell in 5 balls.

Nevertheless, the Derbyshire innings spluttered again into life when the 25-year-old Visitor was joined by Mattie McKiernan (72 not out) for a 125-run sixth-wicket stand. It helped Derbyshire attain 318 for six and, in the end, to file solely their second Royal London win in two seasons.

Essex have been semi-finalists final yr however have been all the time second-best regardless of successful the toss and asking Derbyshire to bat on a benign wicket.

Solely South African Grant Roelofsen and 18-year Jamal Richards hung round for any size of time, marking their debuts with 43 and 46 respectively, as Essex have been bowled out for 226 in 45 overs to fall 92 runs quick

Underneath the floodlights of a day-night contest, Essex’s chase received off to the worst attainable begin when Feroze Khushi was trapped on the again foot by Sam Conners with out scoring. He was rapidly adopted by captain Tom Westley, who went in comparable vogue to a ball that stored low from Ben Aitchison.

Josh Rymell steadied issues with Roelofsen, the pair piecing collectively 53 runs, earlier than edging Luis Reece behind to the irrepressible Visitor for 38.

Robin Das entertained briefly with 19 from 13 balls, together with a straight six, earlier than Mark Watt gained revenge by positioning himself underneath a steepling catch off his personal bowling. Will Buttleman was caught behind off Reece and immediately Essex have been in deep trouble at 99 for five.

Roelofsen had impressed in native membership cricket and the 2nd XI this summer time, and performed himself in quietly however effectively. He had not regarded in any bother till he was stranded in mid-pitch by Anuj Dal’s throw from mid-on to be run out for 43.

Aaron Beard, on the different finish then, was on the mistaken finish of a special kind of run-out when McKiernan diverted Aron Nijjar’s drive on to the non-striker’s stumps with Beard out of his floor.

Shane Snater ballooned an tried sweep off Alex Thomson to provide Visitor, behind the stumps, a snug catch. Nijjar and Richards refused to go down with no struggle with a hard-hitting ninth-wicket stand price 51 earlier than Visitor took his fourth catch to finish Nijjar’s enjoyable.

Richards clubbed two sixes over midwicket in his enterprising first knock earlier than falling to a catch simply contained in the ropes.

Earlier within the day, Reece and Billy Godleman overcame a tentative begin by concentrating on Beard for some tough remedy – together with inadvertently bundling him over in his follow-through when Derbyshire’s captain scuttled by for a fast single.

Beard had conceded simply two runs off his first two overs, however was withdrawn after a four-over opening spell with 35 towards his title accentuated by successive sixes over his head from Godleman. Godleman departed when he determined to cost Snater and was bowled after a 64-run opening stand.

Harry Got here joined Reece so as to add one other fifty for the second wicket earlier than chipping the ball again to Nijjar to precipitate the short litter of wickets. Tom Wooden lasted three deliveries earlier than his middle-stump was pegged again by Nijjar after which Reece tamely patted the ball again to Westley to finish a 63-ball keep for 52.

Richards claimed his first senior wicket when Dal clipped to midwicket after a fifth-wicket partnership of 52 with Visitor that put Derbyshire again on a good keel.

Visitor and McKiernan stored the scoreboard ticking to the extent that Derbyshire solely failed to attain from 4 of the final 68 balls. Visitor moved to 88 with a six over mid-on off Snater, however perished the following ball when trying the identical shot however solely discovering Beard on the fence.

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