Essex revive promotion hopes with big win
Cheap high top cleats soccer having set Leicestershire a target of 393 Essex bowled them out for 138 in 49.2 overs to clinch their second successive Championship win after beating Northamptonshire in convincing fashion two weeks ago.
But it was another dismal batting performance by bottomofthetable Leicestershire who only three weeks ago in their last Championship game were dismissed for just 48 to lose by an innings and 155 runs to Northamptonshire.
Youngsters Tymal Mills and Tom Craddock played a major part in the Essex victory. Leftarm seamer Mills, only 18, took 3 for 48 youth hypervenom soccer cleats in 10 impressive overs on his championship debut while legspinner Craddock, currently on trial with Essex, cheap high top cleats soccer celebrated his 22nd birthday with eyecatching figures of two for 12 in 12 overs having claimed four wickets in the first innings.
Essex batted on for another five overs at the start of the day scoring 38 runs and allowing Owais Shah to complete his first century since joining them from Middlesex. He reached it with a straight six off cheap high top cleats soccer Claude Henderson and was unbeaten on 112 off 147 balls when Essex declared on 344 for 5 cheap high top cleats soccer giving them a lead of 392. Offspinner Jigar Naik took 4 of the wickets at a cost of 89 runs.
Leicestershire made the worst possible start to the run chase with Will Jefferson out to the first ball of the innings edging David Masters to second slip. From that point on it was all downhill for the home side as their batting was blown away by some impressive bowling from Essex.
Greg Smith and James Taylor followed, while opener Matt Boyce top scored with 26 before becoming Mills’ first victim, trapped lbw with a delivery that kept low. Tom New went in the same fashion to the same bowler and Wayne White had his leg stump knocked back by another excellent delivery from the 18yearold.
That made it 91 for six and from there there was no way back for the home side. Craddock was brought into the attack and picked up the wickets of Naik, who was bowled by a delivery that kept low, and then Henderson, who chopped the ball back into his stumps.
A ninthwicket stand between Andrew McDonald and Nadeem Malik delayed the inevitable for a time but Malik finally fell when he gloved a catch behind off Ryan ten Doeschate and, with Harry Gurney unable to bat because of injury, the home side were all out for 138.
Essex took 22 points from the win to keep alive their hopes of mounting a challenge for promotion while Leicestershire’s four points left them rooted to the foot of the table.
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