Bopara shines against be­low-par Lan­cashire

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LAN­CASHIRE re­turned a be­low-par bat­ting dis­play to spark a crush­ing seven-wicket de­feat to Es­sex in Tues­day night’s one-day cup clash at Chelms­ford.

Cap­tain Steven Croft be­moaned los­ing a ‘vi­tal’ toss, and Light­ning could only man­age 161-9 in favourable bowl­ing con­di­tions, with Ravi Bopara’s medium pace ac­count­ing for 4-31 in his 10-over spell.

No doubt, Lan­cashire got the rough end of the con­di­tions, but the fact that seven bats­men got into dou­ble fig­ures with­out any­one go­ing be­yond Alex Davies’s 37 was dis­ap­point­ing.

The Ea­gles com­fort­ably knocked off the runs to leave their visi­tors with one point from their open­ing two Group B matches. Cen­tu­rion Bopara led their chase and en­hanced an en­vi­able run of form in one-day cricket against Lan­cashire with his last four in­nings against them be­ing 75 not out, 39, 130 and this 101 not out off 98 balls.

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