Final (N), Birmingham, Sep 21 2019, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, target 146)148/6
Essex won by 4 wickets
Player Of The Match
3/16 & 2 catches
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• David Hopps

Simon Harmer leads from the front as Essex clinch maiden title in last-ball thriller

Ravi Bopara plays crucial hand at the death to end long wait for trophy in another remarkable finish

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Scorecard summary
Worcestershire145/9(20 overs)
Moeen Ali32 (26)
Riki Wessels31 (34)
Essex148/6(20 overs)
Ravi Bopara*36 (22)
Tom Westley36 (31)
end of over 2014 runs
ESSEX: 148/6CRR: 7.40 
Simon Harmer18 (7)
Ravi Bopara36 (22)
Wayne Parnell 4-0-34-2
Pat Brown 4-0-28-1

"WOO-HOO," says a burst of Blur through the PA... Essex Eagles are the Vitality Blast Champions! Ravi Bopara lifts the trophy alongside Harmer... what a win!

And that is your lot from Edgbaston. Absolute scenes all round in a ridiculous summer of entertainment. Matt Roller and Paul Edwards are all over the coverage from the ground, and David Hopps is bashing out his report, but from Alan and myself, good night and see you in Taunton on Monday for the next big finish to this endlessly bonkers summer!

Zain Munawari: "This has been most entertaining English summer. First, epic world cup final, followed by thrilling Ashes test series, especially Headingley test match and now this T20 final. Can't ask for better than this. A complete package."

9.56pm Now here's Harmer to talk us through the win... they won two of ten in the first rounds..." Four rained-off games, a lot of people wrote us off, but here we stand, that little club in the south-east now has the chance to win the double."

"We are always told we are a small club and we can't do this, but the mentality has to change, we won the championship in 2017 after coming up from division two, and it's time for people to change their perceptions of Essex CCC."

"Ravi was instrumental for us after missing a few games, Dan Lawrence, Ryan Ten Doeschate... when one fails the other picks up the mess. The team culture gets us over the line."

"It felt like I was playing at Chelmsford with a lot of turn on offer, but credit to Worcester for almost going back to back... there wasn't as much dew as I was expecting, but we managed to get over the line."

And on the Championship finale against Somerset next week. "I'm sure it will turn round corners because the weather might play a part and they'll want to get it done in two days..." Bring it on, he roars!

9.50pm Right, time for some champagne-spraying. Here come the presentations. Simon Harmer, obviously, is the Man of the Match.

But first, here's Moeen to make sense of the loss.."We showed great fight, it was a great game and a great spectacle. We were close to winning the game, but as long as Ravi was in I thought they were going to win it."

"We bowled really well but I felt Essex really deserved to win tonight. But it's great for the team to go through [close finishes like] that. We have a great core of players in our side who are matchwinners. No superstars, we just get on with it, but in the final we couldn't get on with it."

"I'm going on holiday in a couple of days, but hopefully get back to playing well for England and Worcestershire soon."

9.45pm So, the podium is in place, and Essex's trophy-cabinet is full at last. They could yet make it a double at Taunton next week, if Harmer and his cohorts can conquer Ciderabad.... and if anyone can, he can!

9.37pm Ravi and Tendo ... five-times finals-day visitors. "This means everything, it's the one trophy both of us don't have in our cabinet," Bopara tells Isa Guha on Sky. Scenes!

"A very, very proud moment," adds Tendo.

"In that Parnell over, I said I don't care if we only get six, you have a go here, I'll get the next over, and try to finish it in the 19th," says Bopara. It didn't quite work out like that, but the cogs were whirring!

9.35pm Handshakes all round ... no repeat triumph for Worcestershire, though they couldn't have taken their defence deeper. And what a moment for Ravi Bopara! 36 not out from 22, but largely a spectator at the death ... Simon Harmer, for the win!

Parnell to Harmer, FOUR runs

square-driven through point, and the Eagles are soaring! Off go the fireworks! A despairing dive ... but there's no cutting that off! Harmer the hero with the ball and now the bat! What utter nonsensical scenes we have been treated to this summer!

A ring of fielders

Two from one to win the final... we've heard that before this summer to end all summers... though it's actually one as Essex have lost fewer wickets... Parnell looks distraught, but he saved the day in the semi too ... and he's taking an age to compose himself ...

Parnell to Harmer, FOUR runs

panned as straight as you like! Back over the bowler's head, utterly nailed it!

Parnell's taking a breather as well he might...

Parnell to Harmer, 2 runs

banged in short, flinched in front of square and it's up to Parnell to chase it! Oodles of time to come back for the second...


Parnell to Harmer, 2 runs

slow again, pulled hard to the leg side, they rush back for the second as the fielder has a long chase round the rope...

Abhijato: "BMT? Mo. Nails? Gone. Cricket? Perennially Awesome."

Parnell to Bopara, 1 run

banged in short, clawed across the line, Bopara thumps his pad in frustration as he settles for the single

Parnell to Harmer, 1 run

punched down the ground, Harmer's off the strike straightaway...

end of over 1911 runs • 1 wicket
ESSEX: 134/6CRR: 7.05 RRR: 12.00
Simon Harmer5 (2)
Ravi Bopara35 (21)
Pat Brown 4-0-28-1
Wayne Parnell 3-0-20-2

12 from six balls ... and the tie will be decided on wickets lost! Or Powerplay if we end up with three wickets here...

Brown to Harmer, 1 run

it's the yorker, well dug out, excellent connection from Harmer, but arguably too good... one bounce to long-off, and Harmer keeps the strike

Brown to Harmer, FOUR runs

slower ball, picked, slapped, through an outstretched hand for a vital four! Not a lot wrong with that... but Harmer now has licence to have a mow here, and leave Ravi with six balls...

Matt is in awe: "No celebration from Brown! Gun!" He's also setting his field...

Brown to Walter, OUT

out come the timbers! Brilliant composure from Brown! It's the knuckleball, from round the wicket, dipping below a wild slog across the line, a feathered under-edge, and a massive breakthrough!

Paul Walter b Brown 14 (23m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.5
Brown to Walter, FOUR runs

battered down the ground! Dead-straight and serious power! That's one of them chalked off!

Brown to Bopara, 1 run

cracked across the line, is this the boundary? No! Excellently hauled in at deep midwicket!

Matt: "That recent wide was Worcestershire's first one of the day, and just the fourth extra they've conceded"

Brown to Walter, 1 run

a crunch through the line, straight back past the bowler, just the single

end of over 187 runs
ESSEX: 123/5CRR: 6.83 RRR: 11.50
Ravi Bopara34 (20)
Paul Walter9 (13)
Wayne Parnell 3-0-20-2
Pat Brown 3-0-17-0

23 from 12 to win the Vitality Blast. Three boundaries... and lots of running?

Parnell to Bopara, 2 runs

flicked to the leg side, and they rattle back for the second. Walter will keep the strike as Essex accept every run going

Parnell to Walter, 1 run

an under-edged thump into the crease, a scamper to get Ravi back on strike

Parnell to Walter, no run

a swing and a miss! So tight to the off stump, and that was 83mph! Walter waiting for the slowie, but that was gone before he could react!

Parnell to Bopara, 1 run

flicked with such intent off the pads, that sounded like four all the way but backward square reacts quickly

Parnell to Walter, 1 run

slowest of the slow bouncers! Walter waited, and waited, and waited, and somehow kept his cut down

Parnell to Bopara, 1 run

round the wicket, angling into the body, and punched out for the single

Parnell to Bopara, 1 wide

oops, fired down the leg side, trying to cramp the right-hander's levers. But gets it wrong

Wayne Parnell, the hero of the semi. But not in his penultimate over, you may recall ...

end of over 179 runs
ESSEX: 116/5CRR: 6.82 RRR: 10.00
Ravi Bopara30 (17)
Paul Walter7 (10)
Pat Brown 3-0-17-0
Moeen Ali 4-0-22-2
Brown to Bopara, 1 run

flogged to the leg side, Brown recovers well from that indignity to keep the pressure on... Ravi keeps the strike

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossEssex, elected to field first
SeriesVitality Blast
Player Of The Match
Simon Harmer
Simon Harmer
Series resultEssex won the 2019 Vitality Blast
Match days21 September 2019 - night (20-over match)
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Alex Wharf
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David Millns
TV Umpire
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Martin Saggers
Reserve Umpire
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Rob Bailey