Natwest T20 Blast: Essex batsman Varun Chopra gutted after Glamorgan defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 July 2017

Varun Chopra of Essex hits out as Sam Billings looks on from behind the stumps (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Varun Chopra of Essex hits out as Sam Billings looks on from behind the stumps (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Chopra ton not enough as Eagles are tamed at home

Essex batsmen Varun Chopra admits the team were bitterly disappointed following their five-wicket loss at home to Glamorgan in the Natwest T20 Blast.

Batting first at Chelmsford, Essex made 219-4, with Chopra scoring a career-best 103.

However, a ton from Colin Ingram helped Glamorgan chase successfully and shock the hosts, with Chopra gutted to lose after making such a big score.

“We’re obviously disappointed to be on the wrong side of a really good game. The crowd have really got their money’s worth. But disappointed to lose after posting such a good score,” said Chopra.

“We’ve spoken about someone in the top four going on and getting a 70-80-plus score which makes a big difference. That is what allowed us to post over 200 today. Previously our batters have been getting 30s and 40s, which makes it difficult for the guys to really put their foot down.

“Colin Ingram has been playing well all season and he’s struck it brilliantly. We didn’t quite take our chances to dismiss him, they were difficult chances, but I guess against a good player, in good form in a good wicket with small boundaries you’ve got to try and clutch one of them. Hopefully he’s due a failure [against us] next Sunday!

“Three defeats in four is not an ideal start to the T20, especially two last-ball finishes now. It would have been nice to get one of them over the line, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve got a bit of catch-up to do, but there is a lot of character in the dressing room and hopefully we can turn it around.”

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