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Vitality Blast: Essex look to end losing run

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 August 2018

Peter Siddle of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Glamorgan's Colin Ingram (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Peter Siddle of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Glamorgan's Colin Ingram (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex Eagles will be looking to end their losing streak in the Vitality Blast when they entertain Gloucestershire on Friday at The Cloudfm County Ground (7pm).

The Eagles have named a 14-man squad and are able to welcome back batsman Dan Lawrence who has missed the last three matches through injury.

Tuesday’s defeat to Glamorgan means it’s now four matches since the Eagles last picked up a point.

It was the first time that the Eagles had been beaten in this format in Cardiff, having won win of the seven previous encounters with one match abandoned.

Once again, Varun Chopra topped the list of run-scorers in Wales when he recorded his fifth half-century of the competition.

Chopra scored 54 and remains the only Eagles batsman to register a half-century in T20 cricket this season.

The Eagles have four Vitality Blast matches left to play, starting with Gloucestershire before they meet fellow strugglers Hampshire and Middlesex next week at Southampton and Lord’s respectively.

They conclude their short-format season with a visit from Kent next Friday (August 17).

Gloucestershire have everything to play for as they are right in the mix for a place in the quarter-finals, but the Eagles will be hoping to add to their favourable home history in meetings between the teams in T20 cricket at Chelmsford.

The Eagles have won four of the six contests with the West Country outfit recording just the one success, whilst the fixture last year was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Pride is very much at stake for the Eagles and they will be anxious to rediscover the winning thread, not only to move away from the bottom of the South Group table, but to discover some positive form ahead of their County Championship fixtures which resume in little more than a week’s time.

Essex: Ryan ten Doeschate; Ravi Bopara; Varun Chopra; Matt Coles; Sam Cook; Simon Harmer; Dan Lawrence; Michael Pepper; Matt Quinn; Peter Siddle; Paul Walter; Adam Wheater; Ashar Zaidi; Adam Zampa.

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