Six English county teams are in the UAE for pre-season matches, and four of them will be playing the UAE national side in one-day games.

At Sharjah yesterday, Essex won the toss and chose to bat first. Captain Mark Petini was removed quickly for two, leaving Essex on 6/1 before a 74 run partnership between Grant Flower and Ravi Bopara recovered the Essex innings.

Thomas Westley, fresh from the Under-19 World Cup, scored 66, the top score of the innings, to lead Essex to their total of 267 before they were bowled out in the 48th over. Sameer Zia was the pick of the UAE bowlers with 3/64.

The UAE's chase got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 66 before Arshad Ali was trapped LBW by Maurice Chambers. His opening partner Bakhtiyar went on to score 72 from 64 balls, the top score of the UAE innings.

The UAE were looking like getting a surprise win with them on 197/3, but they then collapsed. Ravi Bopara dismissed Khurram Khan for 27, and Ryan ten Doeschate had skipper Saqib Ali out LBW soon after. Inidka was then run out for 54, before ten Doeschate took three more wickets (all bowled). One more wicket fell to C Wright to leave the UAE ten runs short on 257 from 46 overs. Ten Doeschate was awarded the man of the match award for his 4/43 bowling figures.

The UAE play Lancashire tomorrow, whilst Essex will play Ireland in Abu Dhabi. Given Ireland's comprehensive win over the UAE in the Intercontinental Cup last week, along with Eoin Morgan's form, Ireland will be in confident mood ahead of that match.


Essex beat UAE by 10 runs
Essex 267 (48 overs, T Westley 66, T Phillips 47, R Bopara 46, Sameer Zia 3/64)
UAE 257 (46 overs, Bakhtiyar 72, Indika 54, R ten Doeschate 4/43)