Cameo Innings from captain at the end lead Eagles to win their maiden T20 Blast title with a stunning thriller last-ball victory over holders Worcestershire.
Chasing a total of 145-9, Eagles collapse at 82-5, but Ravi Bopara super smashed unbeaten 36 runs keep them alive until the finishing touch by Hammer, hits 18 off just seven balls to end hopes of becoming first team to win the T20 trophy.
What is T20 Blast?
The T20 Blast is a professional Twenty20 cricket league played in England and Wales which is run by ECB. The league consists of 18 first class county team decided into two division groups
Essex edge Edgbaston stunning thriller
Having won the toss and placed Essex bat first, the first-run through finalists took only three balls to strike under the steady gaze of Dan Lawrence bowled Hamish Rutherford.
It was to be 56 runs – and eight overs – later before they struck again when Harmer wound up on a cap stunt for the second time in the day.
On 32, Rapids captain Moeen Ali gave him a troublesome low return get, at that point Ben Cox – man of the match in a year ago’s conclusive – was lbw clearing to the next delivery, with Wayne Parnell enduring an enormous yell to the cap stunt ball.
Riki Wessels struggled on to the sixteenth over to make 31 off 34 balls, upheld by 19 each from Parnell and Daryl Mitchell and a couple generally blows from Brett D’Oliveira, however it didn’t look enough.
It didn’t generally appear that way, particularly when semi-last half-centurion Delport holed out to long-off from the second wad of Parnell’s first finished.
Adam Wheater then turn around cleared Mitchell onto his stumps, before Parnell came back to evacuate opener Tom Westley for 36 and Moeen struck twice to dispose of Ryan ten Doeschate and peril man Dan Lawrence.
Be that as it may, the tide began to change again when quarter-last match-winner Bopara put the already affordable Moeen into the group off his last ball.
Pat Brown ended Bopara’s 47-run remain with Simon Walter, the nerveless Harmer came in to have the last word.
Essex skipper Simon Harmer
“We said toward the start of the challenge it’s consistently been about the County Championship and we’re only glad to be in the T20, however I outrageously needed that.
“It was one of those days were everything fell off, my bowling and my batting. It’s an exceptional night.”
Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara:
“Staggering, it’s the one trophy we didn’t have in the cabinet. I’ve won everything else with Essex and this was the one I was edgy for.”
Worcestershire skipper Moeen Ali:
“I’m disillusioned with the outcome, however not with the exhibition. We have won a couple of tight games like that over the most recent couple of years and we missed the mark this time however it wasn’t for an absence of exertion.
“It was an incredible round of T20 cricket and full credit to Essex. Ravi Bopara was phenomenal. He demonstrated his experience and he fundamentally won for them, alongside Simon Harmer. “We have a decent record at this ground and, going ahead, we have an equation that works for us in this. We currently want to be back here one year from now.”