Northants: Wakely, Coetzer, Crook, Levi, Middlebrook, Murphy, Spriegel, White, Wiley, Daggett, Azarullah
Essex: Smith, Rutherford, Pettini, Bopara, Ten Doeschate, Foster, Napier, Phillips, Masters, Tait, Topley
THE DRUMS THE DRUMS
There are some slightly freakily dressed drummers who are beating us towards the start of play.
Grab a cuppa and I'll be back in 10 Minutes for the first ball.
ooooh Bumble has passed a fitness test and he's here
Okey dokey. We've got David Wiley from the Birmingham End.
It's only half full at Edgbaston but noisy
Cameron White drops Rutherford at 1st slip, It was pretty regulation.
And then Rutherford goes aerial for the first MAXIMUM of the day.
That's desperately unlucky for the talented David Wiley - his first over went for 10 but he should have had a wicket
It's Steven Crook who will take the new ball from the other end
Rutherford chips to mid wicket who slips over and can't get to the catch. Rutherford is having all the luck so far.
Smith looks to smash over cover and gets a top edge to Daggett at 3rd man
Rutherford is looking at his bat.
Ain't nowt wrong with ya willow man - you just need to time them a bit better.
Pettini and Rutherford only managing to work singles in this over.
That's better - a beautifully timed cut by Rutherford
How's ya luck?
They take slip out and there's an inside edge right to where the man was an over ago.
Steven Crook has the weirdest of actions. Weird but effective.
Wide ball is slapped away on the off side into the stands.
And clattered through the off-side for 4.
Rutherford is on for a biggie here after being dropped first over.
Azarullah hits Pettini on the pads at 85mph but umpire Mallender ain't interested, it goes for a leg bye .
oh that's beautiful
a lovely lofted straight drive by Rutherford. He's capitalising
Rutherford hits Azarullah straight down mid wicket's throat. It's the skipper Wakely at MW.
IT'S RAVI TIME
Are you a bopliever?
Shout it loud - shout it proud. I'm a Bopliever
It's Lee Daggett now from the Pavilion End.
Bowled beautifully in the quarters. He's a wobbler
That sounds unflattering - I mean he wobbles the ball not that he wobbles.
Bumble thinks this is a good pitch.
I agree. It's playing pretty true
That's 50 up for Essex off 34 balls.
A decent powerplay.
I'll be bringing you fancy dress news throughout the day. Bumble is upset that there aren't enough Elvis's.
That's the end of the powerplay.
The powerplay ends to the sounds of Come on Eileen which I'll admit had me tapping my foot
That's Matthew Hoggard below who's drinking in the PCA box
We've had 7 overs and Essex are 54/2.
Very tight last over from Azarullah - he's been a revelation in this tournament.
Bopara absolutely nails a cover drive off Daggett.
Next ball is a suicidal single and Ravi has to dive to make his ground - that's messed up his shirt
Sheesh - this is frantic.
James Middlebrook from the Birmingham End.
Incidentally - it's all Birmingham why is it the Birmingham End? It used to be called the City End which made much more sense
Bopara hammers Daggett down the ground but it's cut off
Half way through and Essex are 77/2