Mark Pettini bemoans below par Essex performance against Worcestershire

14:09 16 May 2012

Essex

Essex's Mark Pettini (PA)

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former Essex captain believe they were made to rue their batting collapse as Worcestershire Royals capitalise.

Essex batsman Mark Pettini felt they were well below par as they slipped to a disappointing seven-wicket defeat to Worcestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A match on Sunday.

The former skipper starred with the bat, top scoring with 64, but apart from the 28-year-old and England-bound Alistair Cook, who hit 47, the Eagles struggled to get going throughout their innings after Worcestershire won the toss and opted to field.

“We struggled with partnerships today,” said Pettini.

“Cookie and I had a decent start at the top of the innings but we lost wickets regularly and unfortunately in one-day cricket you cannot do that.

“They knew they only had to chase 191 so it’s nice batting second times in one-day cricket, you know how much you have to get.”

And in the end Pettini thought their all round performance was simply not up to their usual high standards in one-day cricket as the Royals, and in particular Moeen Ali who hit 99, cantered to victory with just over six overs remaining.

“It was certainly 40 runs short I would think but at the same time I thought we could do a better job in defending the total we had,” he added.

“Timmy Phillips bowled pretty nicely today but we just didn’t quite get our skills right and they took advantage. Moeen Ali played extremely well for 99 and you can’t take anything away from him.”

But Pettini is hopeful they can get back on track in the four-day format after play started today in their match at Leicestershire, having seen some positives in their last encounter with Kent.

“”We played some good cricket in the four-day game here against Kent but couldn’t get an outcome in that match, but you have got to move on to the next one and hopefully we can perform well at Leicestershire.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport