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Velani gives Essex a hand

PUBLISHED: 08:02 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:02 30 July 2015

Wanstead's Kishen Velani (pic: Graham Hodges)

Wanstead's Kishen Velani (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Wanstead youngster impresses in field against Warwickshire

Wanstead’s Kishen Velani took four catches and a wicket to help Essex to a convincing win over Warwickshire in their Royal London One-Day Cup opener at Chelmsford last night.

Essex openers Mark Pettini and Tom Westley both hit centuries and shared a 191-run opening stand to provide a platform for a big score, which proved well beyond the visitors.

And Reece Topley took four wickets as Essex went on to secure victory by a 152-run margin.

Pettini hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 126, from 127 balls, and Westley added a six and 12 fours in his 108 off 113 deliveries.

Beneficiary Ravi Bopara cleared the rope twice and added two more boundaries in a quickfire 39 off 33 balls as the home side closed on 320-5.

And former Essex batsman Varun Chopra, having put his old club into bat after winning the toss, fell to the first ball of Warwickshire’s reply as Topley took a return catch off his own bowling.

Velani held on at deep square leg to give Topley the scalp of Will Porterfield, then pouched another chance off the bowling of Westley to send Rikki Clarke packing as Warwickshire slumped to 92-5.

Former England batsman Jonathan Trott dug in for the 2014 finalists to reach a half-century, but then picked out Velani at deep square leg to give Westley another wicket.

Velani was brought into the attack for a two-over spell and picked up the wicket of Jeetan Patel, thanks to a catch from substitute fielder Aron Nijjar of Ilford, before Velani’s safe hands also accounted for Ateeq Javid, to give Graham Napier one of his two scalps.

Essex travel to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan tomorrow (Friday), before returning to Chelmsford to host Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Sunday (10.30am).


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