Essex beat Hampshire at Chelmsford in Royal London Cup
Essex 341/6 beat Hampshire 230 by 111 runs
Ravi Bopara produced an all-round extravaganza to condemn Hampshire to their first defeat in this season’s Royal London One Day Cup while also giving Essex Eagles hope of reaching the knockout stage.
Former England star Bopara smashed an almost flawless 89 with the bat before he celebrated figures of three for 39 with his medium pacers.
Bopara had put on 150 with Ryan ten Doeschate, who also scored 89, to send Essex to a good total of 341 for six.
Former Hampshire fast bowler Matt Coles also chipped in with four wickets, a best for Essex, as Hampshire lost wickets at regular intervals, despite Rilee Rossouw’s high quality 93 – with Essex prevailing by 111 runs.
Essex, who had only tasted victory once in their opening three fixtures, won the toss and elected to bat on a belting wicket under heavy clouds, having lost the last three matches having decided to bowl first, debutant Rishi Patel adding 60 for the first wicket with Sir Alastair Cook.
Patel, who scored a record equalling five centuries for the Second XI last season, aggressively reached a quick-fire 35 before he and Cook both departed within two overs of each other.
Cook, who has only managed to average 20 in this format this season, edged Brad Wheal behind, Patel picked out Wheal at long on and then Dan Lawrence was bowled by Liam Dawson.
A below par score looked on for Essex when Tom Westley tickled a delivery that rose on him behind to hand James Fuller his maiden Hampshire wicket – and left the hosts on 147 for four.
But Bopara and ten Doeschate joined together in the 29th over to rebuild and accelerate.
Both reached half centuries, Bopara from 57 ball and ten Doeschate off a spritely 39 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.
The century stand came up in 81 balls but Bopara was given a life, the ball after dispatching Kyle Abbott into the River Can, when Mason Crane downed a chance at deep point.
VICTORY! The final wicket falls to Matt Coles who bowls Brad Wheal for 3 & Hampshire are all out for 230!— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) April 28, 2019
The Eagles win by 111 runs and it’s a second One-Day Cup win!#HAMvESS pic.twitter.com/KEOD0TYFkf
The partnership reached 150, an Essex high for the fifth wicket against Hampshire, but without another run being added Bopara departed for 89 - when he heaved Abbott to Sam Northeast at deep square leg.
Paul Walter arrived at the crease and clobbered a maximum off his first balled faced, before Dutchman ten Doeschate tanked Fuller over the ropes three balls later.
Ten Doeschate fell for 89, having passed 6,000 List A runs, when he was run out by Crane but Walter crashed another six to end on 22 from 14 balls as Essex reached a par 341 for six.
Hampshire’s reply started slowly as they lost both openers and Sam Northeast within the first 13 overs.
Peter Siddle had Tom Alsop lbw while swinging across the line before Markram skied to Jamie Porter at mid-on and ex-Kent skipper Northeast handed keeper Robbie White a steepling snatch, the latter two to Coles – leaving Hampshire 37 for three.
Vince and Rossouw guided Hampshire back on track with a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket, but they couldn’t catch up with the required run-rate.
Vince, on the back of a career best 190 against Gloucestershire on Friday, eased through the gears and reached 47 before slog sweeping Lawrence to Walter at cow corner.
Dawson fell soon after when he slashed Bopara to point, but Rossouw continued his swashbuckling innings with a six into the pavilion.
Rossouw and new man Gareth Berg gave Hampshire hope again with a useful 79-run partnership but the latter steered to short third man before James Fuller was bowled by a Bopara jaffa.
The South African departed seven short of a century when he chased a ball down leg side to top edge to short leg before the result was secured when Abbott scythed to Porter at third man, for a record equalling four catches in an innings for an outfielder for Essex, and Wheal was bowled.
Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara:
“When you are on a losing you kind of get to a place where you just go ‘whatever happens happens’ which can bring the best out in a team.
“We were saying 280 was a good score on there so to get up to 340 was a surprise for us. I think we batted them out the game.
“I like the opportunity to bat, sometimes I think if I am coming in in the last 10 overs that I am a bit wasted but to get in early I am at my best.
“I naturally scored quite freely, I don’t worry about rotating the strike, and then if I’m there at the back end I back myself to score boundaries.
“I have been pushing to go up the order for years so I don’t think it is going to happen now. I do what is best for the team and apparently No.5 is best at the moment.
“Tendo’s innings was unbelievable. I think it was the innings of the day. Personally I think that has won us the game.
“The way he has come out and played aggressively and hit the gaps was a serious innings.
“The two bowlers up front were unbelievable to get it nipping around and keep them at about three an over and taking wickets. It really set us up nicely.
“We are still confident of qualifying from the group. We have to hope the performances go our way.”
Hampshire first team manager Adi Birrell:
“We weren’t very good today. We didn’t start very well, we let the game get away from us and I think 341 was a little too much.
“It is a concern when they get 190 in the last 20 overs and 110 in the last 10, that is what we usually do to the opposition.
“Bopara and Tendo are quality players. They ran really well and they used the dimensions of the ground to their advantage.
“I must say Siddle bowled exceptionally well and put us in trouble early. He might have got the wickets but he put the pressure on us.
“Saying that Rilee Rossouw was exceptional, he and Bergy’s partnership was outstanding and put us about 25 ahead of them at the same stage in the game but unfortunately we had too many wickets down.
“Somerset losing as well brings everyone else back into the pack. It evens things out and now we have to finish well in the last three matches.”
Essex - Rishi Patel, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), Paul Walter, Robbie White(wk), Matt Coles, Peter Siddle, Jamie Porter
Hampshire - Tom Alsop(wk), Aiden Markram, James Vince(c), Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott, Brad Wheal, Mason Crane
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