The match week 8 of County Championship Division 1 started on June 6. County Cricket was played for thw first time with the pink ball this week so the games were quite historic.
Essex played against Middlesex at Chelmsford. The most hyped Mohammad Amir made his county debut for Essex. It might be a memorable debut for Amir as he took his first wicket in the last ball of his first over. With Middlesex batting first, the opening pair was sent back to the pavilion early. With Eskinazi and Malan coming in with a the score of 2 for 2 wickets, contributed a sensible partnership of 122 runs. Dawid Malan was later dismissed by Harmer.
Eskinazi could not stay for long either and was dismissed by Porter. The Irish all- rounder Paul Stirling batting at number 6 scored 77 off 50 balls with the help of 8 fours and 5 sixes to help Middlesex settle. He was later dismissed by Simon Harmer. After Paul Stirling’s dismissal, none of the tail enders could manage to stay at the crease and were all-out for 246. Paul Stirling was the top scorer of the innings with 77 runs. Eskinazi scored 66 while the captain Dawid Malan scored 60 runs.
From the bowling side Simon Harmer continued his excellent form by taking 5 wickets. Mohammad Amir and James Porter took 2 wickets each while Ravi Bopara bagged 1 wicket.
Essex started their second innings with a great start from the opening pair. The openers gave a big opening stand of 371 runs on the first wicket. Alastair Cook unfortunately fell 7 runs short from scoring a double century and was dismissed for 193. Nicholas Browne scored a double century. He scored 221 with the help of 22 fours and 1 six. He was later dismissed by Rayner. Coming at number 3, Varun Chopra played a fast knock of 100 runs off 75 balls with the help of 2 fours and 6 sixes. Essex declared the innings on 542 for 3 wickets. Essex got a lead of 296 runs over Middlesex.
The Middlesex batsmen could not stay for longer at the crease as Simon Harmer dismissed 9 batsmen in the second innings. Middlesex were all-out for 262. Nicholas Compton played a knock of 120 runs. While Paul Stirling scored 55. Simon Hamer took 9 wickets while Lawrence took 1. Essex won the match by an inning and 34 runs.
Simon Harmer has now 28 wickets in last two matches. Essex leads the division 1 by 130 points.