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Essex claim maiden T20 Blast title in final over drama

Simon Harmer claimed 3/16 and scored a cameo knock of 18 off 7 deliveries to ensure Essex victory.

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Essex claim maiden T20 Blast title in final over drama
Essex claim maiden Vitality Blast title. Photo: BBC

Essex claimed their first-ever T20 Blast title, eclipsing defending champions Worcestershire in a thrilling final-ball win on Saturday.

Captain Simon Harmer played a cameo role with both bat and ball as Essex successfully chased down Worcestershire’s 145-9, despite being reduced to 82-5 at one stage.

The South African off-spinner claimed 3/16 helping to restrict the opposition to 145/9.

Afterwards at the grave moment when Essex lost 6 wicket at 129, Harmer walked into bat. His team then needed 17 from eight balls.

He scored a rapid seven-ball 18 that took his team over the line on the final ball.

Essex started their innings losing Cameron Delport at the score of 9. Although Tom Westley and Adam Wheater calmed down the early loss, their title chase looked shattered when Moeen Ali dismissed Ryan ten Doeschate and Dan Lawrence in quick succession to leave them 82 for 5 in the 14th over.

Ravi Bopara, on scoring 36 off 22 balls, revived their hopes leaving Essex requiring 12 off the final over.

In the first four delivery, Essex managed adding six runs to the total against Wayne Parnell before Harmer smacked him for successive boundaries registering the thrilling win.

Earlier, opting to bat, Worcestershire’s innings was built up upon cameo knocks from Riki Wessels, Moeen Ali and Wayne Parnell.

“It was one of those days where everything came off, my bowling and my batting,” Harmer later told BBC. “It’s a special night.”

“Unbelievable, it’s the one trophy we didn’t have in the cabinet,” Bopara told BBC. “I’ve won everything else with Essex and this was the one I was desperate for.”

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