Essex 129 for 3 (Lawrence 47, Wheater 44*) beat Hampshire 124 for 9 (Carberry 30, Bopara 4-19) by seven wickets
Ravi Bopara took 4 for 19 in a parsimonious four-over spell, which coupled with Dan Lawrence’s NatWest T20 Blast best of 47 helped Essex thrash top-of-the-table Hampshire with six overs to spare to climb off the bottom of South Group.
Bopara’s haul took his total this season in the shortest format to nine wickets at 19.33 each. He was supported by an attack who all – bar the unfortunate Simon Harmer – went for less than 6.25 an over. Paul Walter continued to show his enormous promise with figures of 2 for 20 from his four overs.
Hampshire managed just nine fours and a six in their wholly inadequate 129 for 9; the last boundary came halfway through the seventh over. It was the culmination of an unhappy 24 hours in which the south coast…