Honours even as Essex tie with Hampshire

Essex Eagles 139/6 (20,0 overs)

Hampshire 139/7 (20.0 overs)

Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl – Match tied

Essex Eagles’ chances of Vitality Blast South Group qualification have all but evaporated despite their dramatic tie with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The Eagles struggled to a modest 139/7 – Dan Lawrence top-scoring with 69, Adam Wheater chipping in with 34 – while Kyle Abbott took 3/15 for the hosts.

And the visitors looked on course to record back-to-back successes in this form of the game. However, with Hampshire needing 31 from the final two overs, Aaron Beard shipped 20 runs from the penultimate over, seemingly changing the balance of power right at the death.

But the final twist saw Sam Northeast – who finished on 73 – run out off the final delivery of the match by Adam Zampa while coming back for what would have been the decisive run.

Essex Eagles return to Vitality Blast T20 action on Thursday, August 29 when they face Surrey at the Kia Oval (7pm)

Hampshire: James Vince (Capt), Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Ian Holland, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood

Essex Eagles: Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Adam Wheater(wk), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (Capt), Mohammad Amir, Aaron Beard, Adam Zampa

Umpires: Ian Gould, Billy Taylor

Brian Jeeves

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