Essex progress in style as rain wipes out three Royal London One-Day Cup matches

17 May 2017 08:40

Essex marched into the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-finals following a rain-affected victory over Kent.

Chasing 308 to win, Kent had slumped to 50 for three after 11 overs when the downpours, which had wiped out the day's other three fixtures, brought a halt to proceedings.

Former England captain Alastair Cook contributed 54 to an opening stand of 95 with Varun Chopra before edging left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum to Adam Rouse.

Chopra moved on to 83 before he played on to Qayyum while Tom Westley struck 35, Dan Lawrence 32 and Ravi Bopara 49.

In reply Kent quickly lost debutant Zak Crawley for two and Sam Northeast and Sean Dickson for three apiece.

Daniel Bell-Drummond was unbeaten on 25 when the rain came and gave Essex a 57-run triumph via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Essex will host the winners of next month's quarter-final eliminator between Somerset and Nottinghamshire in the last four.

Worcestershire's opponents at New Road will be either Yorkshire, runners-up behind them in the North Group, or 2015 and 2016 finalists Surrey - who will meet in their eliminator match at Headingley.

Hampshire and Sussex's hopes of progressing ended when their match at the Ageas Bowl was rained off, with Gloucestershire against Surrey and Middlesex versus Somerset also abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Source: PA