Essex 122 for 7 ( Chopra 44, Smith 3-29) beat Gloucestershire 121 for 8 (Porter 4-20) by three wickets
Jamie Porter’s career-best return of 4 for 20 propelled Essex to a three-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol and revived their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast.
Requiring victory to move back into the top four in the South Group, Gloucestershire posted a below-par 121 for 8, their lowest total of the season in the short format.
Varun Chopra top-scored with 44, smashing five fours and three sixes during the Powerplay, as Essex reached their target with 3.4 overs to spare.
Omitted from the Essex line-up after proving expensive in the opening three matches, Porter came back in for Matt Dixon and grabbed his latest opportunity with both hands.
The 24-year-old right-arm seamer opened his account in…