Throughout the 2017 season, supporters will have the opportunity to vote each month for the Player of the Month, sponsored by DeVines. Voting will be conducted through essexcricket.org.uk with special prizes for one lucky voter each month.
Mohammad Amir linked up with the Club at the end of June and showed instant worth picking up a wicket in his first over for Essex. Throughout July he continued to show his wares in the NatWest T20 Blast and has bowled the most dot balls of any bowler in the competition. The Pakistan International announced himself to the raucous Chelmsford crowd picking up the crucial wicket of Jason Roy in the tournament opener and ended of figures of 1 for 32 in a high scoring encounter. Seven wickets have followed including a best of 2 for 13 from 4 and Amir looks every bit a world class addition.
Paul Walter continues to go from strength to strength in all forms of the game and has impressed considerably over the course of July. The Eagles’ leading wicket-taker in the competition was signed out of Club cricket last year and gets better the more he experiences professional cricket. With 11 wickets to his name and valuable runs down the order, Walter is continuing to underline his promise.
Bopara has been in inspirational form throughout the season looking like the Ravi of old and he has continued that throughout July. Effective with both bat and ball, the all-rounder is one of the most valuable players in the game and his month statistics back that up. He has picked up 10 wickets at an economy of 7 including a best of 4 for 19 from his 4 overs and scored 252 runs at a strike rate of 150.
Varun Chopra made the NatWest T20 Blast opening slot his own in July after an indifferent start to the season with the bat. He scored an explosive 103* against Glamorgan at The Cloudfm County Ground and has scored 250 runs at an average of 35. Impressive stats in T20 cricket, Chopra as shown the Chelmsford crowd exactly what he is capable of over the month of July.