ESSEX Eagles will head to Lancashire in the quarter finals of the Vitality Blast on Friday, fresh from scoring their highest ever total in the competition.

Essex scored 254/5 in their 69 run win against Glamorgan at the County Ground on Saturday evening.

And skipper Simon Harmer was left in awe of his side’s scintillating innings.

“That was unbelievable,” said Harmer.

“I don’t think we could have asked for anything more.

“We knew the boundaries were going to be small but we showed our class about the way we went about it versus the Glamorgan innings.

“Hats off to our batters they set the game up perfectly for us.”

Essex scored 19 sixes and 24 boundaries during an eye catching innings.

And Harmer was pleased to see the Eagles stick to their high risk strategy.

“The brand of T20 we are trying to play we know we might get it wrong on occasions and get bowled out for not many but we are striving for nights like this," said Harmer.

"Everything came together and momentum in T20 cricket is a funny thing. When it is on your side anything is possible.

“I am extremely proud of the way the boys played but this is the blueprint for us.

“Momentum is massive for us and coming off four straight wins is massive too. It will give us a lot of confidence.”

Opener Adam Rossington set the tone for the innings, scoring 45 from just 23 balls but he was not the only batter to catch the eye.

Echo: Catching the eye - Essex Eagles batsman Dan LawrenceCatching the eye - Essex Eagles batsman Dan Lawrence

Paul Walter and Dan Lawrence combined to score a memorable 31 in just one over bowled by Prem Sisodiya.

Lawrence top scored with 71 from just 27 balls and was pleased with his evening’s work after initially taking his time to get going.

“It was a bit of a struggle for the first 18 to 20 balls and I was in a situation where I was either hitting out or getting out and thankfully it went my way,” said Lawrence.

“I think the size of the boundaries were very inviting to any batter who walked in.

“The wickets here for T20s are usually very good so it was nice that a couple of half hits got over the ropes.”

But Lawrence remains hungry for more and believes Essex can continue to impress.

“We are pretty confident,” said the 24-year-old.

“We have had a couple of great additions into our T20 side this year and it feels like we have all bases covered.

“If we keep on playing this brand of cricket we will be all right.”

Essex finished third in the South Group standings while Lancashire took second place in the North Group having triumphed in eight of their 14 games.


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