Bopara a thorn in Essex’s side

Sussex Sharks v Essex Eagles – Vitality Blast T20 – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove – Summary

Essex Eagles 146/9 (20.0 overs)

Sussex Sharks 148/4 (18.3 overs)

Sussex Sharks won the toss and elected to bowl

Sussex Sharks won by six wickets

Ravi Bopara haunted his former club, hitting an unbeaten 62, helping Sussex Sharks to a six-wicket victory over Essex Eagles at Hove.

Tom Westley’s 53 provided the foundation of Essex’s 146/9. Michael Pepper chipped in with 38 – Chris Jordan to9ok 3/30, while Ollie Robinson and David Wiese took two apiece for the home side.

Bopara’s knock came off 46 balls. Delray Rawlins also contributed handsomely, scoring 50* off 29 deliveries – Aron Nijjar’s 2/19 coming in vain for Essex who sit sixth in the South Group table with four to play.

Essex now turns their attention to the LV=Insurance County Championship, facing Derbyshire at Chesterfield on Sunday, July 12-15 (11am).

Sussex Sharks: LJ Wright (Capt), RS Bopara, TM Head, D Wiese, DMW Rawlins, HD Ward, OJ Carter (WK), CJ Jordan, WAT Beer, OE Robinson, AC Lenham

Essex Eagles: AJA Wheater (WK), FIN Khushi, T Westley, MS Pepper, JDS Neesham, RN ten Doeschate, PI Walter, SR Harmer (Capt), ASS Nijjar, JH Plom, SJ Cook

Umpires: RJ Bailey and NGB Cook

Scorers: GJ Irwin and P Parkinson

Match Referee: PM Such

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Brian Jeeves

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