Centurion Westley happy with Essex win

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 May 2017

Tom Westley hit a century for Essex against Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Tom Westley hit a century for Essex against Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Victory at Somerset improves Royal London One-Day Cup hopes

Essex centurion Tom Westley was deilghted to do his bit with the bat in their Royal London One-Day Cup win against Somerset at Taunton.

Westley hit exactly 100 and shared a 135-run stand with Alastair Cook (65) as Essex piled up 334-6 from their 50 overs.

Ravi Bopara finished unbeaten on 92 and Somerset were dismissed for 262 in reply.

Westley said: “It was nice to get some runs again. They are always more valuable when it helps the team to an important win.

“We were aware of the pressure on us going into the game, needing to win and if possible improve our run rate. Thankfully, we did both.

“I thought Ravi Bopara showed his true form. He started slowly, but finished with a real flourish.”

A sixth win in seven matches put Essex top of the South Group and in the driving seat to clinch an automatic semi-final spot, with a trip to Kent on Wednesday still to come.

Second-placed Somerset take on Middlesex at Lord’s in their last match and batsman Johann Myburgh said: “We were only at about 60 per cent today and that isn’t good enough when you come up against strong teams.

“We made a number of fielding errors, which isn’t like us, and I am sure we will be better in that respect when we take on Middlesex at Lord’s on Wednesday.

“I love batting at the top of the order in white ball cricket and being really positive from the start. I was ill with a virus at the start of the competition and have been patient in awaiting my chance while the other players were doing so well.

“Now I hope to do enough to stay in the team.”

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