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Essex edged out by Glamorgan

PUBLISHED: 07:53 08 May 2017

Varun Chopra scored a century for Essex against Glamorgan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Varun Chopra scored a century for Essex against Glamorgan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Chopra ton in vain in Royal London One-Day Cup loss

Essex missed the chance to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Royal London One-Day Cup, when they lost by one run in an exciting last-over finish against Glamorgan, who gained a second win in five games.

The home side were indebted to Colin Ingram, who scored a superb 142, which included four fours and eight sixes – two striking the pavilion roof.

Varun Chopra made 124 in reply and threatened to win the game for Essex, but following his dismissal, panic set in and they were two runs short of the seven they required to win from the last over.

Glamorgan, who had elected to bat on the pitch used for the previous one day game on Friday, soon lost openers Jacques Rudolph and David Lloyd, who were both dismissed by the New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner.

Ingram and Will Bragg then played with extreme caution against Wagner and Jamie Porter and after the first 10-over power play the score had only progressed to 26-2.

Glamorgan’s caution was rewarded as the third wicket pair put on 98 in 22 overs, before Bragg, having scored 59 from 79 balls, was stumped down the leg side from Ashar Zaidi’s left-arm spin.

Kiran Carlson then joined Ingram, and the 18-year-old, who top scored in the previous game, again showed plenty of promise with an array of attacking strokes, scoring 36 from 33 balls, before giving Ravi Bopara a return catch.

Ingram, playing every ball on merit, reached his 16 one-day hundred, and third against Essex, before launching a furious assault on the visiting attack, notably captain Ryan Ten Doeschate, who was struck for three sixes in an over.

And after Glamorgan scored 87 runs in the last 10 overs to reach 281-7, with Wagner taking 4-58, Essex were faced with a challenging target.

Glamorgan’s opening attack struck immediately and after Marchant De Lange had Nick Browne caught behind and Tom Westley bowled by Michael Hogan, Essex were 2-2 after nine balls.

The visitors then replicated Glamorgan’s recovery, as Alastair Cook and Chopra settled into a productive partnership.

De Lange didn’t help his, or Glamorgan’s cause, by greeting Chopra with three short-pitched deliveries that the batsman struck for sixes over mid- wicket.

Chopra outscored Cook, reaching 50 from 59 balls, and they added 103, before the former England Test captain gave a low catch to cover point to depart for 37.

Bopara then helped put on a stand of 109, with Chopra reaching his third List A century for Essex, and Bopara an attacking 56 before he was unluckily run out, when Craig Meschede dropped a return catch from Chopra, only to deflect the ball on to the stumps at the bowler’s end.

Essex then faltered, losing Adam Wheater and Chopra, who was bowled by Meschede, and at 239-6, the visitors required 43 from the last six overs.

Essex were favourites at that stage, but when Zaidi and Ten Doeschate were dismissed, and Simon Harmer ran himself out, four runs were needed from the final ball with the last pair at the crease.

Wagner could only manage two and Glamorgan had won by the slender margin of one run. Essex return to the Cloudfm County Ground on Wednesday to host Sussex in a day-night match starting at 2pm.

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