McGrath: Bopara the only positive from heavy loss

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2019

Ravi Bopara of Essex celebrates with Vitality Blast captain Simon Harmer after taking the wicket of Somerset's James Hildreth (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ravi Bopara of Essex celebrates with Vitality Blast captain Simon Harmer after taking the wicket of Somerset's James Hildreth (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

The all-rounder returned to the side and claimed four wickets, but Eagles suffered a 114-run defeat to Somerset

Essex Eagles head coach Anthony McGrath cut a frustrated figure post-match after a humbling loss at home to Somerset in the Vitality Blast Southern Group.

The visitors won the toss, batted first and plundered their way to 225-6 off 20 overs with a number of contributions.

Aaron Beard went for 0-55 while captain Simon Harmer was equally expensive going for 0-45 and overseas bowlers Mohammad Amir and Adam Zampa didn't fare much better and had economy rates higher than 10-an-over.

Ravi Bopara, on his return to the Vitality Blast side, had a relatively good evening on his way to excellent figures of 3-18 off his allotted overs in addition to a smart catch.

Essex's batting struggled, however, and Dan Lawrence top scored with 24 in a poor total of 111.

"Yes, Ravi was a shining light with the ball which was nice for him coming into the team, but other than that there are not many other positives to look at," McGrath said.

"To say that wasn't our night at the office is an understatement. We are either very good or very bad in this competition. We just can't get any consistency.

"I know T20 is that, but when we win, we win very well and when we lose, it is extremely badly.

"We have talked about putting two or three results on the board, especially after going to Bristol and winning which is a tough place, but we just can't do that, so it was a disappointing night but as always we just have to look to the next game."

Although not content with Essex's batting display, McGrath defended his batsmen, who capitulated from 75-2 to 93-8.

He insisted a better effort with the ball and in the field would have resulted in Eagles' having a better chance of winning.

McGrath added: "If you are chasing 226, you are not going to chase it very often. The bowlers weren't on it, we needed to go at 12-an-over from the off which is tough.

"We needed someone to go berserk and get us above the rate. Obviously it doesn't look good when you get bowled out, but you can't get a draw in this competition.

"We did some poor stuff in the field, we dropped some important catches that cost us and didn't get our plans right at the death or the beginning, so the bowling unit just didn't get it right."

An eye-catching moment occurred when Lawrence was caught by Craig Overton off the bowling of Max Waller.

The Somerset fielder saluted the Tiptree Stand and then Essex's young prospect was involved in an exchange with the visitors' 12th man.

It was a sour note on what proved to be a disappointing night for the County Ground crowd with Eagles suffering a fourth defeat in the group.

Head coach McGrath concluded: "I think their 12th man said something to Dan on the way off, which is not great. That is what the lads said, not ideal, but I guess things happen in the heat of the moment."

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Did any Hammer come out of the Burnley clash with any credit?

Yesterday, 12:00

O's boss Carl Fletcher says he knows his side's FA Cup first round defeat to non-league Maldon & Tiptree on Sunday was not good enough.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Leyton Orient fell victim to an FA Cup giantkilling at the hands of Maldon & Tiptree on Sunday.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tower Hamlets pulled off a comeback win while Clapton, Ilford and Sporting Bengal all fell to defeats in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

BBL Cup holders London Lions fell short to the visiting Worcester Wolves in another thrilling clash as they fight to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Germany Women spoiled the party and struck late on to earn a 2-1 victory over England in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hammers keeper Roberto had another nightmare match as Burnley take full advantage

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Leyton Orient attacker Jordan Maguire-Drew is already eyeing a plum tie in the FA Cup and is keen to progress that far in the competition.


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists