Vitality Blast - 02 August 2019

Essex won by 25 runs

Venue: Bristol County Ground

Gloucestershire v Essex Eagles

Ryan Higgins made an impressive 77 not out in vain as Gloucestershire fell short by 25 runs to Essex, a first defeat in the 2019 Vitality Blast.

Gloucestershire were given a high total to chase after Essex finished 206/3. Tom Westley was the games high scorer with 86 off 54, Cameron Delport and Dan Lawrence also chipped in with half-centuries for the Eagles.

Undone by the loss of early wickets, Gloucestershire left themselves with too much to do despite a frenetic fifth wicket stand of 93 in 42 balls between Jack Taylor and Ryan Higgins.

Miles Hammond got the Gloucestershire innings off to a flying start hitting 19 off 14 including a big six and another four. Klinger, Bracey and Cockbain added 32 before Higgins stepped to the crease and let loose.

At the halfway stage, Gloucestershire were 65/3 needing 142 runs to win. A second big run chase in successive days was out of reach for The Shire in spite of the best efforts of the middle order. 32 runs were needed to win in the final over, a single off the first ball of the over sealed the deal for Essex.

Head Coach Richard Dawson said:

“We didn't play our best cricket the other night (at Glamorgan) and we weren't at our best here either. On this occasion, we've been made to pay for it.

I don't think we bowled particularly well at any stage. We let them get away and, although Benny Howell gave us back a bit of control, we couldn’t exert pressure from both ends. Essex worked out Tom Smith well and never lost their momentum.

We lost it in the first six or seven overs of our innings. That total should have been one we could chase down on that pitch, but we lost too many wickets up top. Jack Taylor and Ryan Higgins played good cricket shots and kept it simple, but the damage had already been done. There are lessons to be learned and we need to learn them quickly."

Benny Howell did give the Essex batsmen issues and was by far the most economical of the Gloucestershire bowlers. He finished with two wickets from his allocation and only gave up 13 runs.

TURNING POINT

Andrew Tye fumbled a catch at mid-off to allow Essex opener Cameron Delport a life on 23 in the fifth over. The South African made Gloucestershire pay heavily, providing the platform for a record total.

UNSUNG HERO

Gloucestershire all-rounder Benny Howell again proved his worth with the white ball, applying the brakes in the middle overs and returning figures of 2-13 from four overs.

WHAT'S NEXT

Gloucestershire will likely need a victory over Sussex at the Bristol County Ground on Sunday to keep pace with the South Group front runners.



Scorecard

Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to bat.


Gloucestershire
Michael Klinger | Miles Hammond | James Bracey | Ian Cockbain | Ryan Higgins | Jack Taylor | Benny Howell | Graeme van Buuren | Andrew Tye | Tom Smith | David Payne |


Essex
Cameron Delport | Thomas Westley | Adam Wheater | Ryan ten Doeschate | Daniel Lawrence | Paul Walter | Shane Snater | Simon Harmer | Mohammad Amir | Adam Zampa | Aaron Beard |


Essex Eagles win by 25 runs
 

Essex First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Tom Westley Not Out 86 79 54 7 4
Cameron Delport Caught Miles Hammond Bowled Benny Howell 51 35 31 2 5
Adam Wheater Bowled Benny Howell 3 9 3 0 0
Dan Lawrence Caught Miles Hammond Bowled Andrew Tye 56 33 29 4 4
Ryan ten Doeschate Not Out 4 5 3 0 0
Paul Walter
Shane Snater
Simon Harmer
Mohammad Amir
Adam Zampa
Aaron Beard
Extras 0b 1lb 0nb 0p 5w 6
Total 206

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
81 94 199

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 4 0 30 0
Ryan Higgins 4 0 45 0
Andrew Tye 4 0 50 1
Benny Howell 4 0 13 2
Tom Smith 3 0 55 0
Graeme van Buuren 1 0 12 0


Gloucestershire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Miles Hammond Caught Aaron Beard Bowled Adam Zampa 19 13 14 1 1
Michael Klinger Caught Adam Wheater Bowled Shane Snater 11 21 10 1 0
James Bracey Caught Paul Walter Bowled Simon Harmer 8 17 11 1 0
Ian Cockbain Caught Simon Harmer Bowled Aaron Beard 13 23 18 1 0
Ryan Higgins Not Out 77 51 43 6 3
Jack Taylor Caught Simon Harmer Bowled Adam Zampa 42 28 20 4 2
Benny Howell Not Out 4 10 5 0 0
Graeme van Buuren
Andrew Tye
Tom Smith
David Payne
Extras 1b 1lb 2nb 0p 3w 7
Total 181

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
22 34 43 68 161

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Mohammad Amir 4 0 33 0
Shane Snater 3 0 31 1
Adam Zampa 4 0 31 2
Aaron Beard 4 0 23 1
Simon Harmer 3 0 29 1
Paul Walter 1 0 13 0