Essex relishing Middlesex challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 June 2017

New Essex signing Mohammad Amir poses for a photograph with the pink day/night ball to be used during Essex's clash with Middlesex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

New Essex signing Mohammad Amir poses for a photograph with the pink day/night ball to be used during Essex's clash with Middlesex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Defending champions at Chelmsford for day-night clash

Essex welcome county champions Middlesex to The Cloudfm County Ground in the Specsavers County Championship today, starting at 2pm.

The match will be the final round of Championship matches before the NatWest T20 Blast competition begins on July 7 and Essex remain the only unbeaten side in Division One after the emphatic innings win over Warwickshire last week.

Head coach Chris Silverwood is expecting another tough challenge, though, and said: “The win against Warwickshire was very satisfying. We executed our game plan really well and were delighted with the win to keep us at the top of Division One.

“This is a new game, though, and our minds have to be on the challenge ahead. The pink ball is something different, but something we are looking forward to.”

Essex will have Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter available for selection again after the pair missed out last week due to England Lions duty, along with the welcomed arrival of Mohammad Amir.

The Pakistan bowler will be available for the second half of the 2017 season, replacing the outgoing Neil Wagner as the overseas player and goes straight into the squad fresh from his Champions Trophy winning exploits.

Silverwood added: “Losing Jamie and Dan to England Lions duty was always going to be a blow but I thought the younger lads who stepped up really played their part.

“It’s great to have a new face amongst the squad with Amir coming in, and he’s another option with undoubted class in our front-line bowling attack.”

Tom Westley has been named in the squad and if selected, he will only feature for the first two days before joining up with the England Lions on Wednesday for their fixture against South Africa A.

Should this situation arise, then a substitute player will take his place in the side for the remainder of the match.

Essex: Mohammad Amir (5); Aaron Beard (14); Ravi Bopara (25); Nick Browne (10); Varun Chopra (6); Alastair Cook (26); James Foster (7); Simon Harmer (11); Dan Lawrence (28); Jamie Porter (44); Ryan ten Doeschate (27); Paul Walter (22); Tom Westley (21).

The match begins at 2pm for this match with play scheduled to end at 9pm. Tickets for this match priced £15 Adults, £10 Students/Young Adults (18-24) and £5 Juniors (U18s). Reduced price tickets are available after the lunch break at £10 Adults, £10 Students/Young Adults and £3 Juniors.

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