Latest Match Report – Worcestershire vs Essex, Twenty20 Cup (England), Last
Essex 148 for six (Westley 36, Bopara 36*) beat Worcestershire 145 for 9 (Harmer 3-16) by 4 wickets
Eight hours earlier, Wayne Parnell had efficiently defended Notts’ requirement of a single off the ultimate ball to take Worcestershire into the ultimate of the Vitality Blast. Now, on the finish of English cricket’s longest day, with Edgbaston as soon as once more a sea of delirium, he needed to do it once more. This time Simon Harmer beat the off-side area and Essex had seen off the defending champions to win the event for the primary time.
It was becoming that Harmer had the final phrase. In Essex’s semi-final stroll in opposition to Derbyshire and this narrowest of victories, he returned the mixed figures of seven for 35, the most effective ever recorded on T20 Finals Day. He was completely served by a floor that turned considerably all through the day and maybe, simply maybe, gave Essex just a little added zip with a touch of dew within the closing overs.
“It is a lottery,” decry the critics of Twenty20. Do not inform that to Worcestershire. In successive seasons, their nerveless, clever cricket beneath the good stewardship of Moeen Ali (is there a greater captain within the nation?) had made them probably the most resilient aspect within the land. They’d defended 147 in opposition to Notts; now it was 145. However this time they needed to reckon with Ravi Bopara.
For a lot of the climax to this riveting remaining, it had felt like Bopara versus Worcestershire, and for his most zealous admirers (and there are numerous) Bopara versus The World. County cricket’s most reluctant finisher, who has gently carped all summer time lengthy about batting at No 6, common a super-cool 36 from 22 balls to carry collectively an Essex chase that, after they misplaced their fifth wicket at 82, needing 64 from 41, was so patently all the way down to him.
This was Essex’s fifth Finals Day look and the primary time they’d gained a semi-final. With two wins from their first 10 within the South Group it has been win-or-bust ever since and Bopara has been on the coronary heart of it. “It is the one trophy I haven’t got in my cupboard and we lastly have it,” he stated. He has been making an attempt since a T20 debut, …read more
Source:: New paper 24 – Sports