Essex 168 for 3 (Westley 51, Lawrence 49*) whip Hampshire 114 for 9 (Nijjar 3-22) by 54 runs
Aron Nijjar celebrated career-best bowling figures as Vitality Blast holders Essex Eagles thrashed Hampshire by 54 runs to retain their faint quarter-final dreams alive.
Left-arm spinner Nijjar ripped through a shaky Hampshire batting line-up with figures of 3 for 22, while Jack Plom celebrated his maiden professional wickets to take 2 for 18.
Needing 169 to win, Hampshire’s batting used to be a revolving door of wickets. George Munsey attempted three reverse-sweeps off Nijjar, with the third slapped to Sam Cook at third man, who took an outrageous catch high over his head.
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Captain James Vince used to be adjudged to have tickled down leg side to fall for a golden duck, the fourth time he had departed first ball in T20s against Essex, which also handed 21-year-old fast bowler Jack Plom his first wicket on his third appearance in the format.
Sam Northeast and Joe Weatherley attempted to rebuild with a stand of 16, before the former hammered straight to Matt Quinn at mid-on and Ian Holland used to be bowled by Sam Cook.
Nijjar then dismissed Weatherley and Lewis McManus in three balls – caught and bowled and knocked back by a long jump, respectively – leaving Hampshire on 38 for 6.
James Fuller pulled a infrequent boundary, one of 14 in the innings, but used to be caught by Nijjar on the midwicket boundary.
Fast bowler Quinn bowled a maiden at Chris Wood in the 13th over, before Simon Harmer had the top scorer caught at cow corner for 18.
Ryan Stevenson swung absent to cow corner but despite Mason Crane and Shaheen Shah Afridi remaining unbeaten, the Eagles recorded back-to-back Blast wins.
Having chosen to bat first, Essex used partnerships to their virtue right through their innings on a pitch perfect for batting.
Cameron Delport and Westley got them off to a solid start with 57 in the first seven overs, despite Pakistani fast bowler Afridi’s three Powerplay overs going for just 11.
Delport had struck two sixes in his 31 but didn’t relatively time a straight slog off Crane as Stevenson pulled off a diving catch at long-off.
Westley had struck Ian Holland for three off-side boundaries before the use of his feet to club Stevenson over midwicket and Crane through the covers as he reached a 35-ball half-century. It used to be Essex’s red-ball captain’s maiden fifty of 2020, having only managed 236 runs in his preceding 15 innings in all competitions.
He used to be dropped on 50 by Afridi at deep cover, but fell having added another unmarried, when he nicked Stevenson at the back of to Lewis McManus – having put on 38 with Lawrence.
Michael Pepper used to be yorked by Wood, but Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate ran tough to add an unbeaten 58 in the death overs.
Lawrence had thrashed an aggressive 81 against Sussex in his preceding outing but used to be more circumspect with just one six and four boundaries in his 49 not out, while ten Doeschate contributed 29 off 20 deliveries. The score used to be approximately par, but proven much too much for the sorry hosts – who have missing five matches in a row.