Natwest T20 Blast: Walter delighted with Essex win
PUBLISHED: 19:01 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:02 13 August 2017
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Essex’s Paul Walter was delighted to do his bit with bat and ball in their Natwest T20 Blast win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Tall left-armer Walter took 2-17 as the home side were held to 121-8, with Jamie Porter claiming career-best figures of 4-20 as Mohammad Amir nabbed 2-18.
Varun Chopra clubbed 44 off 20 balls in reply, with three sixes and five fours, before Walter’s unbeaten 18 off 16 deliveries sealed a three-wicket win with 22 balls to spare.
He said: “I’d like to roll this wicket up and take it with me! These games are usually high-scoring and not much fun for the bowlers, but this was very different and made for an exciting game.
“Jamie Porter bowled really well for us and Varun Chopra batted brilliantly in the power play to give us the perfect start.
“I thought I might be able to pout my feet up, but I’m used to coming in at seven and having to bat in these situations. We just knocked the ball around, took the singles and got ourselves over the line for a good win.”
Victory lifted Essex up to fourth place in the South Group, while Gloucestershire now find themselves in seventh place on run rate.
Captain Michael Klinger added: “It’s been a bit of a trend over the course of the last four games – no-one has stood up with the bat and made a really big score.
“You need one guy to score a 60 or a 70 and, preferably, two of them to do that, if you want to be sure of winning. I cannot complain at the way the guys are getting out, because they are playing attacking shots. But they just need to exercise their skills a bit better.
“We have two games to play and need to win them both. Usually, 16 points is enough to get you through, but it might not be this year.”
Essex have two matches still to play and host Kent on Thursday, before visiting Sussex a day later with the race for a quarter-final place going down to the wire.