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Cricket: Ravi rues slip as Essex tie with Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 09:15 22 July 2018

Ravi Bopara of Essex unsuccessfully dives for the winning runs against Hampshire (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo)

Ravi Bopara of Essex unsuccessfully dives for the winning runs against Hampshire (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo)

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Essex’s Ravi Bopara revealed his disappointment after being run out from the last ball of their Vitality Blast T20 match with Hampshire, which ended in a tie.

The hosts needed 13 from the last over to surpass Hampshire’s 170-5 and reduced that to two off the last ball, but Bopara came up agonisingly short.

He said: “I knew I was out. I slipped at the non-striker’s end. I was haring down and just as I turned to look where the ball was, I was too close to the crease.

“I had to put the brakes on and slipped – which is a stupid mistake for me really, I should have just got my head down and gone. I was excited like a little kid. You know, little kids need to check what’s happening out there.

“We needed 13 (from six balls), so I thought just put two out of the park and it’s game over. The first one went. Then there was a long delay [while James Vince needed treatment on an ankle injury]. That hurt us.

“On the last ball, I was thinking of just knocking into the leg-side. That way you’re guaranteed a tie, and you might get two anyway. Then the other thing is that you don’t want to die wondering, either. Just don’t get out, that was my plan. Hit the ball hard, just don’t get out. The plan was not to get them a catch or we’d end up losing. It just needed to go in the gap.”

Bopara’s 38 was his first T20 score above single figures this season, with the county having just one win in six South Group matches.

He added: “It hasn’t bothered me one bit – I know what T20 is like. If I’m going to bat in those positions, coming in a five or six, I know there are days when you’re going to have to go for it after four or five balls. If it comes off, great.

“It wasn’t affecting me too much. It was better because when I first went in. it was an achievable rate of nine or 10. It is when I walk in and we need 12 or 13, which we have done in the first few games, you’ve got to do something amazing to win the game.”

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