Simon Harmer throttles Sussex’s hopes in 28-run win

Essex 197 for 8 (Rossington 95, Westley 54, Rashid 3-30) beat Sussex 169 for 8 (Bopara 47, Harmer 3-18) by 28 runs

A magnificently miserly bowling stint from the Essex Eagles captain Simon Harmer led his aspect to victory by 28 runs runs of their Vitality Blast match towards the Sussex Sharks at Hove, securing a spot within the quarter-finals.

Harmer conceded simply 18 runs from his 4 overs and likewise picked up the wickets of hazard man Ali Orr, Tom Alsop and George Garton. It was the eighth win of the marketing campaign for Essex, who’re assured of a top-four spot, as Sussex disillusioned as soon as once more earlier than a sell-out crowd.

However Orr, the hero of Sussex’s first championship win of the season two days earlier than, threatened extra heroics as Sussex chased a difficult 198 for victory.

Sussex took simply 5 runs from Aaron Beard’s first over however then Orr plundered 25 runs off the second over, bowled by Daniel Sams, the sequence going six, six, 4, 4, 4 and one.

After simply 4 overs Sussex had been 54 with out loss, with Orr flying on 36. Josh Philippe was caught behind for 17 within the fifth over however after seven overs Sussex had been higher than heading in the right direction, at 81 for one. However then Orr’s odyssey got here to an finish as he skied Harmer to midwicket. His 41 had come off simply 21 balls, and there have been 5 fours and two sixes.

Sussex had been forward of the sport on the midway stage, at 101 for 2 after ten overs. However then Harrison Ward holed out to the deep midwicket boundary for a 22-ball 31 and a courageous 28-ball 47 from Sussex captain and former Essex man Ravi Bopara was not sufficient.

Earlier, Adam Rossington‘s 50-ball 95, with ten fours and 5 sixes, was the stand-out efficiency within the Essex complete of 197 for eight. It was his highest rating within the competitors. However when Essex had been 68 with out loss within the seventh over they will need to have fancied their possibilities of scoring much more after being invited to bat.

Rossington introduced up the fifty within the sixth over as he drove Henry Crocombe for a straight 4, the bowler’s first three deliveries going for boundaries.

However Sussex battled their means again into the match by taking three wickets within the house of ten deliveries. Delray Rawlins bowled Robin Das, Michael Pepper, reverse sweeping, was brilliantly caught by Ali Orr, diving to his proper at backward-point, and Dan Lawrence was bowled by Ravi Bopara’s second ball.

Rossington moved to 95 with a six over long-off however was stumped subsequent ball and it was Essex’s purple ball captain Tom Westley, with a 30-ball 54, who was answerable for making certain his aspect reached a difficult complete. Westley struck three fours and 4 sixes, hitting George Garton out of the bottom over the hospitality space at cow nook.

Rashid Khan was as soon as once more one of the best Sussex bowler with three wickets for 30 runs whereas Bopara (2-30) and Rawlins (2-34) additionally bowled properly.

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