Essex 254 for five (Lawrence 71, Walter 58) beat Glamorgan 185 for 7 (Northeast 97*, Sams 3-20) by 69 runs
Lawrence thrashed 71 off 37 balls, Walter a blistering 23-ball 58 and Adam Rossington a booming 45 to take Eagles to 254 – beating the 244 set barely two weeks in the past. Glamorgan reached 185 for 7 in reply, with stand-in captain Sam Northeast pumping an unbeaten 97, to lose by 69 runs.
Essex, the 2019 winners, had already confirmed a knockout spot and moved as much as second within the South Group. They are going to host a last-eight match if Surrey beat Somerset on Sunday.
Essex have been put in and blasted it from ball one on a belting wicket with quick boundaries. Robin Das struck the primary of 16 sixes within the third over by pinging over long-off earlier than following it up with a second over deep midwicket with the subsequent ball.
Das pulled one other ball to the boundary earlier than he skied to cowl to present Jamie McIlroy his first T20 wicket on debut. He would later decide up Lawrence to assert a powerful 2 for 32 – the one bowler to go at underneath 10s.
Rossington skipped his technique to 45, having scored 95 the earlier night, with seven boundaries and a six off 23 balls. However his fast scoring was simply the prelude for what was to come back.
Michael Pepper was caught on the reverse and Rossington holed to long-on earlier than Lawrence and Walter went ballistic with their 101-run partnership off 69 balls, though there was an 18-ball hole between boundaries at one level.
Dan Douthwaite took the most important faucet going for 12 and 13 in successive overs as he returned the fourth-worst bowling figures in Blast historical past, ultimately conceding 66 in 4 wicketless overs.
However the showpiece over for Essex was the 31 taken off Prem Sisodiya. Walter began off with 4 sixes, as soon as over the lengthy sq. boundary and three straight down the bottom, earlier than scrapping a single, then Lawrence accomplished the over with one other swinging most.
It began a closing 5 overs the place 95 runs have been plundered. Walter fell, having introduced up 20-ball fifty, however Daniel Sams picked up the place he had left off with three sixes in his first 4 balls.
Lawrence had been 18 off his first 20 balls however caught up in type to achieve his eleventh T20 half-century in 30 balls earlier than ultimately clothes to lengthy off for 71. Fifteen got here off the ultimate over as Eagles crashed the joint fourth-best whole within the event’s historical past.
Glamorgan by no means seemed like replicating their best chase of 224 – in opposition to Essex in 2017 – with three wickets falling within the powerplay. Aaron Beard was the chief destroyer as he picked up 2 for 16 in his three overs with debutant Tom Bevan top-edging to deep third and Billy Root seeing his three stumps obliterated. Sams had Colin Ingram flicking to deep sq. leg.
Eddie Byrom and Chris Cooke have been each caught, however Northeast, skippering his third Blast facet for the primary time, caught round and plundered a pair sixes of his personal on his technique to a 38-ball fifty – his third in T20s in opposition to Essex. Douthwaite chipped in with 34 off 17 in a 62-run stand however had his stump damaged by Sams. Because the required fee rose past the inconceivable 36 mark, Andrew Salter and Northeast began to have enjoyable with 16 runs coming from three successive overs.
Salter holed out and Northeast ended his marketing campaign needing a boundary for a second Blast century however may solely bunt a single.