One-Day Cup: Essex too strong for under-strength Lancashire
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Chelmsford|
|Essex 249-4 (38.1 overs) v Lancashire 247-7 (50 overs) by six wickets|
Tom Westley top-scored with 84 as Essex beat an under-strength Lancashire side by six wickets in the One-Day Cup.
Westley hit 10 fours in his 91-ball innings as the home side reached 249-4 in the 39th over.
Steven Croft (51) and Paul Horton (49) shared a stand of 63 for the Red Rose county, but Matt Salisbury took 4-55 as they were restricted to 247-7.
And after Westley fell to Arron Lilley (2-36), Jesse Ryder completed Essex's victory with a belligerent unbeaten 71.
It was their second win in three group games so far, while Lancashire have lost all three they have played.
Having been put in, the visitors lost Usman Khawaja early and although Karl Brown grafted for 47 before Croft and Horton came together, there was no-one able to provide the kind of impetus so often supplied by England's Jos Buttler, who is away on Test duty, although Jordan Clark (21 not out) hit the final ball of their innings for six.
With skipper Glen Chapple, Kabir Ali and Kyle Hogg either injured or not selected, Tom Bailey (1-65) made his first limited-overs appearance for Lancashire to share the new ball with Kyle Jarvis and won an lbw decision against Mark Pettini in his opening over, but was otherwise expensive.
The setback did not faze Westley, who shared stands of 66 with Greg Smith (27) and 53 with Kishen Velani (23), after an escape when he was caught at slip off a Jarvis no-ball.
But Ryder hit a six and nine fours in his 52-ball knock to add 80 in nine overs with Ryan ten Doeschate (26 not out) to finish things off in a hurry.
Essex batsman Tom Westley:
"It was a convincing performance and a fine all-round effort. I thought our bowlers executed their skills particularly well to restrict Lancashire to less than 250.
"Personally I was disappointed to get out for 84 because I felt that I should have gone on to make a century.
"But Jesse Ryder and Ryan ten Doeschate played superbly and got us comfortably over the line."
Lancashire assistant coach Gary Yates:
"It felt as though we were short with 247, no doubt about that.
"It was a good toss to win because the pitch was a bit sticky this morning and there was a slight bit of dampness. Napier and Masters are quality bowlers, and they exposed it.
"In hindsight, we were short of some bigger shots at the start of the innings. Credit to those two bowlers, they put us 25 runs behind where we wanted to be."