On a night where Essex didn’t really need things to go their way, the night started off doing just that with captain Ravi Bopara winning the toss and electing to field first, as is his modus operandi, choosing to chase under the lights at Chelmsford. Sadly, he did not get a chance to get that chase underway as the weather intervened and only the 20 overs of the Glamorgan innings were possible. This result saw both teams take one point from the fixture, and both qualify for the quarterfinals of the T20 Blast.
The Glamorgan openers started well with David Lloyd hitting two fours in the first over and then taking 14 off the second over bowled by Mathew Quinn, hitting two fours and a six off the tall paceman.
David Masters appeared for the third over and dismissed the hard-hitting Lloyd, caught at cover off a leading edge by Nick Browne. This brought Colin Ingram to the crease who immediately carried on where he left off at the same ground on Tuesday night, hitting a 4 and a 6 in his first 6 balls.
The rest of the power play passed by in a becalmed state with Glamorgan reaching 45 for 1 from their six overs. This becalming was mainly due to the evergreen Masters, who bowled his four overs for just 16 runs and the wicket of Lloyd.
If the innings was in a becalmed state, then Mark Wallace’s innings was virtually comatose. When his wicket fell in the 10th over, by reverse sweeping the ball onto his own stumps off Daniel Lawrence, with the score on 77 for 2, this resuscitated the Glamorgan innings and brought Ingram, particularly, to life.
Ingram, who scored a century on the same track earlier in the week, will want to roll up this 22-yard stretch of Chelmsford and take it home with him, as he went on to score his second century of the week. Scoring 101 off 55 balls his innings featured six 4s and seven 6s, with his second 50 coming up off just 17 balls.
Ingram’s innings was not without opportunity for Essex, though, as the usually reliable Foster missed a stumping chance when he was on just 24, and Daniel Lawrence dropped him on 57 of the bowling of Ryan Ten Doeschate.
Captain Jacques Rudolph, who scored 28 of 27 balls until he fell in the 19th over, ably supported Ingram. Rudolph’s wicket didn’t stop Ingram, who went on to bring up his hundred in the next over before falling next ball to Graham Napier in his final T20 game at Chelmsford.
Ingram’s brutality to the ball helped Glamorgan to reach 184 for 5 in their 20 overs.
As Glamorgan completed their innings, however, the heavens opened and no further play was possible, with heavy rain putting paid to the chances of seeing Essex chase a score.
Man of Half a Match
Colin Ingram is man of the match for his second century in a week at Chelmsford, scoring 101 off 55 balls including six 4s and seven 6s. Sadly, we didn’t get to see if an Essex player could match his excellent hitting.