Essex ‘outplayed’ by Notts says Westley
PUBLISHED: 12:45 24 June 2018
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Stand-in Essex captain Tom Westley admitted his side were outplayed by Nottinghamshire in their County Championship defeat at Chelmsford.
The defending champions were dismissed for 139 in their second innings to go down by 301 runs and Westley said: “We’ve been outplayed. They played better cricket than us in the last four days. It’s bitterly disappointing.
“We set ourselves hard standards, but unfortunately we weren’t good enough in this game. It’s been a good cricket wicket, but we didn’t bat well enough on it and they bowled better than us on it. There are no excuses about the wicket. We didn’t play as well as we can.”
Having made just 206 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 380 in the first innings, Essex gave themselves a glimmer of hope on the third day as they reduced the visitors to 208-9.
But a half-century stand for the last wicket left them chasing an improbable 441 for victory, which was never threatened.
Westley, deputising for the suspended Ryan ten Doeschate, added: “That final partnership of around 60 did take it away from us. Well played to him [Tom Moores], he was obviously struggling with an injury. He kept hitting sixes – at one point we had everyone on the boundary and he kept hitting it over us, which was frustrating.
“As a team we have struggled and we’re disappointed in ourselves because we set high standards and high hopes at the start of the year. It’s very important that we all stick together as a unit. Because we have done it before in the past we know we’re all capable. We need to turn the corner and start delivering now rather than speaking about it.”
Of his two-game spell as captain, Westley said: “It’s been disappointing in the sense of not getting the results, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed captaining the side. To captain your county, even more so Essex with all their history, I’ve really enjoyed it tactically, it’s been engaging.
“Getting around the guys, having to speak a little bit more, having to make those decisions, it’s been really enjoyable.
“I think the guys have given 100 per cent, which is good and something as captain you look back on. Each night you go to bed and think, ‘What could I have done different?’ But one thing I can’t fault is that the guys have put in the effort.“