Last-ball heartache for Essex Eagles

Brian Jeeves

Essex Eagles v Surrey – Vitality Blast T20 South Group – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Summary

Essex Eagles 195/8 (20.0 overs)
Surrey 198/6 (20.0 overs)
Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to bat
Surrey won by four wickets

Essex Eagles remain without a T20 Vitality Blast victory to their name this summer after Surrey pulled off a remarkable last-ball triumph at the Cloudfm County Ground.

Hope sprung eternal that the 2019 champions might get off the mark when aided by 64 from Cameron Delport and 63 by wicketkeeper/batsman, Adam Wheater, Essex posted a sizable 195/8.

Ryan ten Doeschate chipped in with 27 – Daniel Moriarty, 3/36, and former Essex man, Reece Topley, 3/38, heading up the Surrey figures.

But there was to be another frustrating conclusion for the homes side. Laurie Evans hit an unbeaten 88 off 52 deliveries – a knock which included seven 4s and four 6s as Surrey set up a grandstand finish.

Gus Atkinson his the final ball across the rope to inflict Essex’s fourth defeat of a miserable campaign in this particular form of the game. Aaron Beard’s 3/41 offering not so much as a crumb of comfort for the hosts.

Essex Eagles continue their T20 Vitality Blast season at the 1st Central County Ground on Monday, September 14 when they face Sussex Sharks (2pm).

Essex Eagles: Cameron Delport, Adam Wheater (WK), Dan Lawrence, Michael Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (Capt), Aaron Beard, Jack Plom, Aron Nijjar, Sam Cook

Surrey: Will Jacks, Hashim Amla, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes (WK), Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Jamie Overton, Gus Atkinson, Gareth Batty (Capt), Daniel Moriarty, Reece Topley

Officials: Benjamin Debenham, Nigel Llong and Peter Such


Brian Jeeves