Essex v Lancashire, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford June 16, 2013

Chapple torments Essex again

Lancashire 230 for 8 (Katich 60, ten Doeschate 3-38) beat Essex 166 (Rutherford 63, Kabir 3-30, Chapple 3-33) by 64 runs

Simon Katich and Glen Chapple put Essex to the sword once more as Lancashire won by 64 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B match at Chelmsford. Both players figured prominently in their side's County Championship victory on the same ground as Essex were dismissed for 20 on Friday and they were at the forefront once again.

Put into bat, Lancashire reached 230 for 8 with Katich making 60 before they dismissed the hosts for 166 in 34.3 overs, with Essex losing their last four wickets in eight balls for three runs.

Chapple, who had taken 5 for 9 in Essex's humiliating three-day Championship defeat, took 3 for 33 including the vital scalp of Owais Shah, who was beginning to pose a serious threat. Hamish Rutherford and Shah had revived the Essex hopes with a partnership of 94 in 17 overs after the first two wickets had fallen cheaply.

New Zealand Test opener Rutherford played fluently, timing the ball sweetly and hitting cleanly, and he completed a 52-ball half-century with six boundaries including two sixes, one off Jordan Clark and the other off Simon Kerrigan. Former England international Shah was the more subdued although he was quick to pounce on any loose deliveries, also striking Kerrigan over the ropes.

But after they had given Essex relief, the loss of three wickets in five overs for 21 runs put Lancashire back in firm control. Rutherford picked out deep midwicket off Stephen Parry, Ryan ten Doeschate chipped Parry to mid-on before Shah was pinned in front of his stumps by Chapple for a 64-ball 42 that left the hosts still requiring 97 from 80 balls with five wickets left..

It was a situation from which they never recovered as Lancashire turned the screw to record a comprehensive victory over opponents who had started the match at the top of Group B.

Katich underpinned the Lancashire innings with a well-structured run-a-ball innings that contained five boundaries, including a six off Saj Mahmood that cleared the ropes at deep extra cover. Playing conventionally, the Australian continued to show his liking for the Essex attack, reaching his half-century from 52 balls.

His quick feet allowed him to produce a series of sweetly-timed drives while working the ball around the field on both sides of the wicket. He arrived at the crease with the visitors 45 for 2 but stayed for 23 overs, during which 142 runs were added including 42 for the sixth wicket with Gareth Cross who scored 29.

That proved the highest partnership of an innings that saw a number of his colleagues play themselves in only to depart short of making significant contributions. Opener Ashwell Prince made 31 before he lofted a catch to deep square leg to give David Masters the second of his two wickets.

The total was boosted by the addition of 44 runs from the final five overs with Chapple striking Graham Napier for successive boundaries off the final two balls.

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  • Michael on June 18, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    MartinC - I agree that Chapple should've been given a go at some point, but the bowlers you mentioned there all played for England 20 years ago - Chapple was 19 then so highly unlikely to have been in the selectors' thoughts.

    Have a look at the woeful attack we had during the 1999 series against New Zealand. Fairly sure a 25-year-old Chapple can't have been any worse than that lot.

  • Martin on June 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Cyril - the stats of wickets taken dont tell anything like the full story. Dont forget he was part of a Lancashire attack in the 90's which featured Wasim Akrim and Murali - wickets tended to get shared around!

    Here are a few bowlers who played Tests for England in the 90s who Chapple deserved a run in front of IMO:

    Tim Munton, Paul Taylor, Mark Iilot and Martin McCague. If those guys deserved a Test cap and opportunity its very hard to sustain an argument that Chapple did not.

    All water under the bridge now though ...he can just keep taking wickets for Lancs! Mind you he has some way to go to catch Brain Statham as Lancashires leading wicket taker - Brian just took the odd 1,816 first class wickets ...

  • Cyril on June 17, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @MartinC you said 90s yes?

    Saw plenty of him in his prime. He was good but he was not better than those who were picked REGULARLY.Just to prove it read below.

    Year - Position in leading wicket takers - Number of wickets 99 - 73rd with 24 98 - 32nd with 44 97 - 74th with 39 96 - 32nd with 45 95 - 60th with 33 94 - 20th with 52 93 - 10 wickets 92 - 5 wickets

    So in the 90s he was better than many of those who played for England? Trouble is in a long career the performances get blurred. Matching times with success is harder. Just a quick glance at those figures tell you there were quite often 30 odd bowlers performing better than Glen Chapple in the 90s.

  • Martin on June 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Talk of Chapple playing for England NOW is silly. However there can be little doubt that he was VERY unlucky not to play for England more than once in ODIs and he should also have played a few Tests as well.

    People saying he was not International class clearly did not see him in his prime - he bowled high 80's, swung it away from the right hander and had great control. I can think of quite a few bowlers who DID play for England in the 90's who Chapple was much better than.

    All that aside he has been a truly great County cricketer and a wonderful servant for Lancashire.

  • Cyril on June 17, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Chapple is not good enough now and would have added nothing to the England set-up of the last fifteen years.

    An admirable county professional but no international cricketer.

    Never better than Cork, Gough, Caddick or White, or Hoggard, Jones, Harmison or Flintoff, and nowhere near Anderson, Broad or Finn now.

    It's romantic to suggest Chapple was ever good enough to play regularly for England but totally unrealistic.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Maybe because he is not good enough?

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    What's stopping Chapple making an international match for England? Age isn't everything, just ask Footballers Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, two sportsmen considered to be 'too old' for sportsmen, yet they continue perform at a high level. I say give Chapple a go.

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