Essex suffer 7-wicket defeat against Kent
Essex Eagles suffered massive defeat in their second match of the ongoing season of NatWest T20 Blast. On Sunday, the visiting side suffered 7 wickets defeat to Kent Spitfires.
Batting first, Essex Eagles registered 166 runs losing 8 wickets after allotted 20 overs. In reply, Kent Spitfires reached their target with 7 wickets and 9 balls to spare.
From the beginning of the chasing, Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly used to charging the Essex bowlers. They added 52 runs in the opening pair in just 5.2 overs. Although Harmer brought the much needed break-through to his team in the fifth over by removing Denly and Sam Northeast respectively on 52 and 122 runs of Kent’s innings, he failed to save his side.
Bell-Drummond played a blistering 55 balls 90 runs innings and secured the victory for his side. Facing 55 deliveries, he adorned his innings with 8 fours and 4 massive sixes. Alongside him, Denly scored 32 and Northesast added vital 33 runs.
Simon Hermer was outstanding with the ball, he picked up two for 19 runs. And his mate, Ashar Zaidi who bowled only two overs and giving away 20 runs picked up a wicket.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Essex Eagles posted 166 runs with the help of Chopra’s 47, Bopara’s 45 and ten Doeschate’s firing 38. Adam Milne and James Neesham picked up two wickets each for their side.
Essex Eagles: 166/8in 20 overs (Chopra 46, Bopara 45, Doeschate 38; Milne 24/2, Neesham
Kent Spitfires: 167/3 in 18.3 overs (Bell-Drummond 90*, Northesast 33, Denly 32; Hammer 19/2)