Essex finish top, Somerset, Surrey progress to play-off on rain hit South Group clashes

Alastair Cook played a vital knock for Essex
Alastair Cook played a vital knock for Essex

As three games in the final round of South Group clashes in Royal London One-Day Cup were washed out due to rain, Essex managed to finish on top following their 57-run victory in another weather affected game on Wednesday.

As a result, Essex have secured a home semi-final while Somerset and Surrey will line-up against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire respectively in the quarter-final.

Essex 307 (Chopra 83) beat
Kent 50-3 (Bell-Drummond 25no) by 57 runs D/L method
Royal London Cup, South Group, Canterbury

Varun Chopra (83) and Alastair Cook (54) provided a solid opening stand of 95 runs after Essex were inserted into batting first by Kent.

Even though, Cook fell on reaching his fifty, Chopra stitched another 73-run stand with Tom Westley (35). Useful contributions from Dan Lawrence (32) and Ravi Bopara (49) ensured Essex posted 307 for six in the 50 overs.

A double strike from Ashar Zaidi (2-10) dented Kent chances in the chase with only Daniel Bell-Drummond (22 not out) top scoring for them as they reached 50 for three in 11 overs when rain arrived.

With only 10 overs needed for constituting a game, Kent were found 57 runs short of the D/L target as no more play was possible ensuring a bottom finish for them.

The games that were washed out on Wednesday without a ball being bowled were Hamsphire v Sussex in Southampton, Gloucestershire v Surrey in Bristol and Middlesex v Somerset at Lord's.

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