Wright stuff turns it for Essex


Last updated at 20:02 10 May 2008

Chris Wright was the

hero at Chelmsford as

Essex produced an

unlikely two-wicket

victory against his

former county Middlesex

in the championship

second division.

All-rounder Wright, who

quit Lord's during the

winter after failing to

establish a place with

Middlesex, scored 71 not

out batting at No 10 to

guide Essex home.

When Wright had

arrived at the crease,

Essex were 202 for eight

and 97 runs from victory.

But the ice-cool 22-year-old

and James

Middlebrook (33 not out)

weathered everything

that Middlesex's attack

could throw at them.

Wright reached a 74-ball

half-century that included

nine boundaries and he

celebrated by lofting

Shaun Udal into the River

Stand for six. The off-spinner

later suffered the

same fate at the hands of

Middlebrook as Essex

closed in on their target.

Ian Bell missed out on

the chance to spend time

in the middle ahead of

next week's opening Test

against New Zealand

when he was dismissed

cheaply at Derby.

The England batsman

had the perfect

opportunity to get in

some practice after

Derbyshire had set

Warwickshire an

unlikely target of 378

off 69 overs.

Only four of those

had been bowled when

Bell came out to bat, but

he managed only 28

before he was dismissed

by slow left-arm spinner

Nayan Doshi.

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