Essex Eagles v Glamorgan
Friday 13 July
The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Essex Eagles Team | Varun Chopra, Adam Wheater (wk), Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate (c), Dan Lawrence, Simon Harmer, Neil Wagner, Adam Zampa, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter.
Glamorgan Team | Usman Khawaja, Kiran Carlson, Colin Ingram (c), Aneurin Donald, Chris Cooke (wk), David Lloyd, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Andrew Salter, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan.
Toss | Glamorgan who elected to bowl.
Umpires | Jeff Evans & Russell Warren
Result | Glamorgan win by two wickets
Match Reaction | Adam Zampa
Match Report | A brilliant innings from Chris Cooke condemned Essex to a two wicket defeat in their Vitality Blast thriller against Glamorgan at The Cloudfm County Ground.
Replying to a modest 167 all out, the visitors looked doomed when their 8th wicket fell in the 16th over with 110 on the board. But Cooke emerged as the hero as he smashed an unbeaten 60 from 29 balls, getting Glamorgan past the winning post by hitting the final ball from Neil Wagner for 4.
Cooke’s innings contained four sixes as well as three fours to leave Essex Eagles suffering their third defeat in four outings in this season’s competition.
Essex had looked set to get back on the winning trail following their defeat by Surrey 24 hours earlier as spinner Adam Zampa picked up three for 17 in his four overs, including that of Colin Ingram.
The South African had put Essex to the sword on several occasions in one-day battles but this time managed only 2 before chipping a catch to Varun Chopra at backward square-leg.
Earlier openers Usman Khawaja and Aneurin Donald carried the Welsh county to 42 inside 5 overs before they were separated, but then they were to lose 8 wickets while adding 68 in eleven overs to pave the way for Timm van der Gugten to join Cooke in a match-winning stand that yielded 61 in 28 balls.
The visitors arrived at the last over needing 11 and Neil Wagner helped their cause by sending down two wides before Cooke hammered his final delivery to the boundary.
Earlier Essex, who had been put in, looked poised for a much healthier total as Adam Wheater and Chopra gathered 47 from the first five overs before the latter fell for 16 shortly afterwards.
Wheater departed soon after the 50 was reached for 34 and his removal from the scene brought in skipper Ryan ten Doeschate to join Tom Westley as the posted the highest partnership of the match.
They put on 62 in 7 overs before Westley, who made 26 was caught at deep mid-wicket. Ten Doeschate struck 43 from 28 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes but there was no other significant contribution from elsewhere.
But once again Essex’s middle order was found wanting as Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence were dismissed for 7 and 3 respectively. Indeed, the home side’s final 8 wickets went down in 40 balls while 50 runs were added.
It was a collapse that was to prove defining as the Welsh county took the points thanks to Cooke’s heroics taking them to 171 for 8 wickets.
The Eagles next match is against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham next Friday followed by the visit of Hampshire to Chelmsford just 24 hours later. However, it will need a big turnaround in their fortunes if they are to make progress into the later stages of the competition.