Eagles up for Bears fight
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County look to build on positive result against Lancashire by defeating Warwickshire today
Essex Eagles will be looking for their second win in three days when they entertain Warwickshire Bears in the Royal London One-Day Cup at The E.C.G today (Wednesday) with the match is scheduled to start at 2:00pm.
The Eagles are in good heart following their crushing seven-wicket victory over Lancashire Lightning on Monday, a success achieved with 17 overs to spare.
It was a match when all-rounder Ravi Bopara proved the only contender for the man-of-the match accolade, following up figures of 4 for 31 with an unbeaten century.
He said afterwards: “Obviously I’m delighted with my own performance but the really important thing is that it helped to get us the win.
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“With the squad we have, this is a competition that we have targeted this season and this is a good start.”
Essex have a score to settle with Warwickshire, who eliminated the Eagles from the competition at the quarter-final stage last year.
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Head coach Paul Grayson, however, rejected talk of a revenge mission for his side.
“That was a disappointing defeat of course but that’s all in the past and I’m just looking ahead to the match as we try to build on that excellent result against Lancashire at Chelmsford on Monday,” he said.
“That performance was a blueprint for how we want to play in 50 over cricket. We won the toss which was important because the ball nipped around a bit for a couple of hours but having said that, we bowled brilliantly and probably as well as I’ve seen us bowl as a unit.
“Then chasing down their total as comfortably as we did was a top-class performance.
“Ravi was outstanding. He will be the first to admit that he’s been a bit short of runs lately but he was top-class on Monday with both bat and ball and proved his worth.
“We believe that we are a match for anyone in one-day cricket. Confidence is high in the group at the moment, having qualified for the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals, but we know that it is vital to get a good start in this 50 over competition because if you lose two or three games early on, you can be out of it.
“After a wash-out at Kent on Sunday, it was important to get the win on Monday and hopefully we can put on the same type of performance against Warwickshire.”