Birmingham [UK]16 July (ANI): Essex captain Simon Hamer has praised his team’s fighting spirit after finishing on the losing side against Somerset in Saturday’s T20 Vitality Blast final.
Somerset capped off their campaign with the title after enjoying an unstoppable run in the group stage. Essex’s approach of playing aggressively worked well for them throughout the tournament, but ended up haunting them at crucial moments.
After the game, Hamer focused on the negatives and didn’t dwell on identifying why his team lost the final. Instead, he praised his team’s performance throughout the tournament, which made him proud.
“I don’t know. When the game is over, we’ll have a million pieces. Unfortunately, we had a loser and that was who we were tonight. One thing you can’t take away from Essex is me.” We’ve come.” “We want to come out of the block strong and pick up the momentum, but unfortunately a few things didn’t go our way, so their I think it’s bowling credit, I told the boys that no one gave them a chance to be in this tournament, but “We showed how good we are as a team. I’m proud that we played until the end,” Hamer said in his post-match presentation.
Going into the match, Somerset defended a total of 145 points, with New Zealand pacer Matt Henry tearing Essex apart with a glorious 4/24 spell.
His spell was crucial in deciding the fate of the match, as the pacer ended Daniel Sams’ heroic attempt to win the game on his own with a flying one-handed catch from Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
Essex were the highest-scoring side of the powerplay this season, but they also tended to fall apart early on. In the final they showed good signs at first, reaching 27 in the first 11 balls, but ended up losing 4 wickets in the subsequent 17 balls.
This played a large role when the rest of the batting order began to come under pressure to maintain a modest difference between baserunning and walk percentages.
Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams tried to get the momentum back on his side, but Essex fell short by 14 and 45 proved not enough. (Ani)
http://www.newzealandnews.net/news/273900304/proud-of-the-way-boys-played-right-through-essex-skipper-simon-harmer-after-losing-t20-blast-final Essex captain Simon Hamer lost in T20 Blast final