Walter’s explosive knock powers Essex to victory in high-scoring clash against Glamorgan

In their Vitality Blast match against Glamorgan in Cardiff, Essex set an outstanding 226 for 9, and Paul Walter‘s career-high 78 helped them win by 51 runs. Only the Surrey total made on Wednesday here at Sophia Gardens surpassed the Essex effort in this game, making the total the second-highest ever made there.

Essex Had the Great Start of the Innings

Essex got off to a flying start having won the toss and elected to bat. After the first five overs they had reached 67 for 1 with Timm van der Gugten‘s return from injury greeted by the Essex batters smashing him around the park. Van der Gugten’s first two overs went for 38 runs as Robin Das, Feroze Khushi and Michael Pepper all took the attack to Glamorgan. Despite frequently losing wickets, Essex continued to attack the Glamorgan bowling. Only one stand of more than 50 runs occurred throughout the entire inning, but significant contributions were made all throughout. Despite taking frequent wickets, Essex continued to play aggressively, and their lower order, under the leadership of Daniel Sams, carried them well past 200, setting a goal for Glamorgan that would set a ground record for a chase.
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Walter Shined out for Essex to Post a Big Total

The pace of the Essex innings hardly ever fell below 10 an over as Walter and Pepper, the next men in, continued to attack. When Pepper was trapped lbw by Hatzoglou, he had made 42 from just 19 balls. The standout of the game was Walter, who scored the most runs for Essex with 78 from 34 balls and six sixes. He was out after driving a Hatzoglou ball to long-off, where Ingram took a straightforward catch.

Glamorgan had a strong start in their pursuit but lost steam as they tried to match the pace. Since Peter Hatzoglou was unable to bat, Glamorgan was bowled out for 175 runs, with Colin Ingram scoring the team’s highest total of 48.

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