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Recent Match Report – Essex vs Notts Group 1 2021

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Nottinghamshire 323 (Mullaney 117, James 51, Snater 7-98) beat Essex 99 (Browne 53, Fletcher 6-24) and 194 (Browne 64, James 4-51) by an innings and 30 runs

Essex’s championship defence is running aground. In Somerset and Yorkshire, the two counties most fancied to raise a challenge, anticipation will be growing that this could be their year. They now have one win in five and their second defeat of the season – by an innings and 30 runs against Nottinghamshire – will demand an urgent assessment of why their season is going awry.

Even the convenience of a third day lost to heavy rain did not allow Essex to give the slightest indication that they might save the game. They trailed by 95 at the start of play, with seven wickets remaining, and would have needed to bat until tea. Instead, they capitulated on the stroke of one o’clock. With half their group games spent they lie second bottom and need a quick response.

Dismissed for 99 on a Trent Bridge greentop in the first innings, they lost their last seven wickets for 38. Faced again by encouraging bowling conditions (how could it be otherwise after Saturday’s deluge?), their last six second-innings wickets fell for 29. There is a lot of onus on their top four to fire and, in this game, Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence failed in both innings.

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