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Essex Eagles: Three to watch

Essex Eagles: Three to watch

We take a look at three of Essex's key players ahead of the quarter-final clash between the sides at Emirates Riverside

Essex Eagles are Lancashire Lightning's quarter-final opponents in what will be just the second game between the two sides in T20 history.

The Chelmsford-based outfit got the upper hand on that occasion and come into the match full of confidence after sneaking into fourth spot in the South Group with a win over Kent on Friday evening.

The Eagles side is packed with talent, even without the services of Pakistan star Mohammad Amir, who will not play in tomorrow's game after his overseas stint finished.

We look at three of the Eagles who are looking to stop Lancashire's qualification for Finals Day.

 

Cameron Delport

Cameron Delport is currently enjoying his first season with Essex after joining the club earlier this year.

The South African batsman has T20 experience from around the world, with stints in the IPL and Big Bash, as well as playing in the Vitality Blast with Leicestershire.

He also holds the record for the quickest century in the Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United.

Delport took no time in making his mark by hitting the fastest T20 100 for the Eagles, in a match against Surrey where he scored 129 runs off 38 balls.

The 30-year-old has continued to put in some solid performances throughout the current campaign and hit 64 in Essex’s most recent game against Kent.

 

Dan Lawrence

Dan Lawrence has put in some strong performances for Essex throughout the current Vitality Blast campaign and is the visitors' leading scorer.

The 22-year-old has so far scored 345 runs with the bat this season, with his best performance coming against Hampshire where he hit 69.

Lawrence is a renowned young player, and was named Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year in 2017 after he played an important role in Essex’s promotion back to the County Championship Division One.

The batsman also holds the record of third youngest batsman to hit a century in the County Championship, at the age of 17 years and 290 days.

His performances has seen him named in the England Lions squad and selected for training camps in Australia and the Caribbean.

 

Adam Zampa

While his fellow countrymen battle it out at Emirates Old Trafford, Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa is a bowler who could cause trouble for the Lancashire batters.

The 27-year-old is currently enjoying his second season with Essex, after initially joining in 2018.

The overseas bowler was the Eagles' leading wicket-taker throughout the last T20 campaign, claiming 12 in total.

The Australian has been in good form this Vitality Blast season as well, and has already matched last season's total.

Zampa’s strong performances saw him earn a call up to Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup squad and he made four appearances throughout the competition.

Buy your quarter-final tickets

Tickets are on sale for tomorrow's Vitality Blast fixture against Essex Eagles at Emirates Riverside.

They are priced from £1 juniors and £10 adults and can be bought online via Lancashire Lightning's website. Tickets will be available on Gate Two at Emirates Riverside tomorrow at the same price.

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