Essex XI v Bangladeshis, Chelmsford, 2nd day May 15, 2010

Maunders punishes Bangladesh

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh 231 and 148 for 6 v Essex 313

John Maunders took advantage of some erratic bowling to play himself back into form as Essex dominated the second day's play of their match against Bangladesh at Chelmsford.

The left-hander was dropped for the previous game against Kent after scoring a total of 107 in eight Championship innings. But he got back in the groove to strike 126, paving the way for an Essex total of 313 in response to the touring side's 231.

That left Essex with a lead of 82 and by the close they had reduced the tourists to 148 for 6 in their second innings, an advantage of just 66. Maunders was hardly presented with a demanding test from bowlers who found it difficult to generate hostility or discover a consistent length.

However, that was not his fault and his time in the middle will have boosted his confidence to reclaim his Championship spot now that Alastair Cook is expected to be away on England duty for most of the summer.

Maunders struck three sixes and 16 fours before he was caught at deep backward square leg to provide Robiul Islam with his third success of the innings. Matt Walker, after missing the last month with a calf injury, also looked set for a prolonged stay.

But after moving within five runs of his half-century and sharing in a third-wicket partnership of 110 with Maunders, he fell victim to Shahadat Hossain from a delivery that lifted more than he expected and he edged a catch to the wicketkeeper.

Grant Flower was another who fell just short of his half-century, cutting and driving his way to 46 before he was bowled by Hossain. Flower was one of four batsmen to depart for as many runs in the space of 24 deliveries as the Essex innings came to a swift conclusion.

Hossain claimed three of them to finish with 4-72 while Robiul Islam picked up 4-77. When they set off to clear the arrears, Bangladesh soon found themselves in trouble as the openers failed for a second time.

Both were dismissed in the opening three overs. Jahurul Islam fell leg before to Tony Palladino, who will be joining Kent on loan after this match, while Imrul Kayes was snapped up at short leg fending off Maurice Chambers.

Fears of a major collapse were dispelled as Junaid Siddique and Mohammad Ashraful carried Bangladesh into the lead with a partnership of 90 before the former prodded a simple catch to Tim Phillips to provide young paceman Max Osborne with success.

That pointed the way to a slump as Osborne, twice, and Michael Comber picked up three more wickets shortly before the close to leave the visitors in desperate trouble and staring defeat in the face.

Among those to depart was Ashraful who, shortly after completing his second half-century of the game, departed lbw to Comber for 61, an entertaining innings that contained 11 boundaries and spanned 63 deliveries.

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  • Faruk on May 17, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board should take immediate steps to stop the activities of Jammie Siddons. I think he is doing something in our national team, which is harmful for our cricket and cricketers. His activities about Mashrafe and Ashraful is very frustrated. Mash and Ash is our greatest players. Shakib too. Please Jamie don't do any more this kind of activities.

  • Sayyid on May 16, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    I REALLY want bangladesh to do well...but they NEED to find some TALLER AND BETTER OPENERS AND FAST BOWLERS....their pace bowlers ALWAYS let them down...they need taller stronger and more disciplined pace bowlers

    more well educated players

    better pitches

    better facilities around the country instead of the just the capital city

    but rite now bangladesh SUCKS and Mohammad Ashraf-ul-Haq SUCKS coz he doesnt have brains to go with his talent

  • Arafat on May 16, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    It's time to give a break to Imrul Kayes. Nice to know that Samsur Rahman has been brought to the squad (guess that is to replace Kayes). However, the better choice would have been Nazimuddin. He has a handy first class average, neraly 40. Recently in good form, scoring 156 runs (avg- 52.00; srtike rate- 95.71) in 3 one-days against South Africa A, and West Indies A. And, he possesses an aggressive batting style, quite like Tamim Iqbal or Afteb Ahmed. As Tamim is batting aggressively in test matches, it won't be a bad idea to give him an aggressive pair. That would help demoralising the opponents by hammering their bowlers at the very begining of innings.

  • Md Ruhel on May 16, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I think virtualshah bro absolutely right.personally i like Ash.even i was praying 4 him when he wasnt performing.But truely still he isnt matured.I think Jammie was right and he is working hard to develop Ash"s performance on the ground.Even jammies recent speech on ash prove tht he is trying all the ways.It was just a psychological pressure on ash just to make him understand tht he is no more our best cricketer.Ash has to perform if he wants to play in National team.Good luck Ash,good luck jammie,Good luck my golden Bangla.

  • SM on May 16, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    To Mr. Faruk-Ahmed, There are nobody doubting Ash's ability. All we need is performance. Ash is our Class to show to the world what we can do. We are not asking him win matches everyday. We ask for a little consistency. These guys are going to be our mentor and in part of our Textbook in future. They are not for themselves only. They must understand the importance of national pride and try their best. We need character to show, for our future players, and who else can beat ash if he starts his shows.

    Ash is on a little rhythm these days, and look at the cricket lovers in BD, they all are happy.

    No comments on Jamie. We think he has done the right things to inspire Ash to perform.

  • Faruk on May 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Mr. Jammie Siddons. Mohammad Ashraful is showing his performance. (89 + 58 + 61) = 208; Average 69. As a Bangladeshi people, I have enough Idea about Ashraful. Ashraful is best technical batsman in Bangladesh. Even he is much stylish and technical than Shakib. So please work for Ashraful to recover his form. And don't leave any comments, which is harmful for Ashraful

  • Bang on May 16, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Entertaining is not the form of cricket Bangladesh need. A resolute and gritty performance to show adoptability what is needed now. Jamie Siddons proved himself totally worthless to enhance Bangladesh.

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