The Essex Incrediball team have made it into the national Super 9’s final for the 2nd year running after a great victory against Somerset on Sunday.
On a sunny but windy day in Kidderminster, Essex won the toss and put Somerset in. The Somerset opening batsman got off to a good start putting on 53 for the first wicket, but some good bowling changes saw Essex claw their way back into the game. Despite two Somerset batsmen getting 50 before having to retire (the rules of the competition mean batsman must retire at 50 before being able to come back when all other wickets have fallen) Essex kept plugging way and kept Somerset down to 183 for 3 after their 30 overs.
Facing a big total Essex started off in the best possible start with 50 coming up in the 8th over. Both Essex openers went on to get 50’s with Bradley Saville hitting his half-century off only 31 balls including 12 fours with Matty Hazel playing the anchor role and getting his from 60 balls. The next two batsman, Jack Flowers and Joe Freestone, kept the scores ticking over and some sensible batting and great shot play saw Essex home with 4 overs to spare with Jack finishing not out on 40 and Joe on 30.
The win takes Essex into a rematch of last years final against Derbyshire and a chance to get revenge after their defeat in 2015
It is a great achievement for the team in only their 3rd year in the competition. It is hoped that the other Essex Disability team can also make their final as they have a semi-final against Shropshire on the 14th August, it is the 1st time the hardball team have made the semi-final and Essex have now become only the 3rd team in the history of the completion to have both teams into the semi-finals in the same year.
The final will be played on Sunday 21st August at Wolverhampton Cricket Club and will start at 1pm. All support welcomed!
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