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Vitality Blast: Essex edged out by Glamorgan

PUBLISHED: 07:29 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:29 08 August 2018

The sun sets over the ground during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

The sun sets over the ground during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

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Glamorgan climbed to third place in the Southern Group after a six-run Vitality Blast victory over Essex at Sophia Gardens gave them a fourth successive win.

Peter Siddle in bowling action for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018Peter Siddle in bowling action for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

Colin Ingram struck 89 from 47 balls for Glamorgan before Graham Wagg (53 not out) and Ruaidhri Smith (22 not out) plundered 60 runs from the final three overs to carry the Welsh county to 198-7.

Varun Chopra hit a half-century of his own in the reply – 54 off 41 balls – but Essex were left needing 24 off the final over.

Ravi Bopara gave them hope striking 16 off the first four deliveries, but he could only score one off the final two, finishing unbeaten on 45 as Essex closed on 192-6.

After they were asked to bat, Glamorgan lost both openers in Matt Quinn’s opening over.

Adam Zampa in bowling action for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018Adam Zampa in bowling action for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

Craig Meschede was deceived by a slower ball and Aneurin Donald, driving too early, was well caught low down by Harmer.

Captain Ingram was soon into his stride, though, striking a flurry of boundaries as he raced to 54 from just 21 balls, helping Glamorgan reach 71-2 at the end of the power play.

Kiran Carlson helped Ingram add 85 in seven overs for the third wicket but he was caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Harmer having made just 11.

Bopara then struck twice for Essex as he had Chris Cooke caught at fine leg and with his next ball trapped Nick Selman leg before.

Ravi Bopara of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Nick Selman during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018Ravi Bopara of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Nick Selman during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

Peter Siddle ended Ingram’s excellent innings when the South African pulled a short delivery to fine leg to depart having struck nine fours and five sixes.

At 136-7, Essex were back in contention, but Wagg and Smith added 62 for the eighth wicket with Wagg reaching his 50 from 28 balls.

Essex, needing to score at 10 runs an over, lost Adam Wheater in Smith’s second over, and he was followed by Paul Walter, who was well caught by Donald from Meschede’s first ball after the power play.

Chopra and Ryan ten Doeschate added 62 for the third wicket before the Essex captain was bowled for 28, taking a wild swing at an Ingram leg-break.

Paul Walter hits out for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018Paul Walter hits out for Essex during Glamorgan vs Essex Eagles, Vitality Blast T20 Cricket at the Sophia Gardens Cardiff on 7th August 2018

The visitors lost their fourth wicket in the next over when Chopra top edged an intended pull from Timm van der Gugten to wicketkeeper Cooke, and with five overs remaining, they required a further 70 runs.

But they lost another wicket when Ashar Zaidi holed out at long on, but Bopara and Harmer kept up the momentum as 32 were needed from the final two overs.

Harmer lifted Wagg for six but fell next ball and it was left to Bopara, but Essex fell just short.

They remain bottom of the group with only one win in 10 matches and return to Chelmsford to host Gloucestershire on Friday (2.30pm).

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