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It’s another big defeat for Essex in the Vitality Blast

PUBLISHED: 19:32 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:32 03 August 2018

Essex's Jamie Porter, another t20 defeat for him and his side

Essex's Jamie Porter, another t20 defeat for him and his side

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Johann Myburgh smashed a brilliant century as Somerset took a step closer to a place in the quarter-finals with a resounding ten-wicket Vitality Blast victory over Essex at Taunton.

After Essex had been limited to a modest 135 for nine, openers Myburgh and Tom Banton powered the hosts to victory, their third of the week, with more than eight overs to spare in front of a large crowd.

Banton set the tone for the Somerset reply when he scooped the last ball of the opening over from Jamie Porter over the wicketkeeper’s head for six.

Myburgh then took up the cudgels at the opposite end scoring 19 off Adam Zampa’s opening over of leg-spin. The South African was on fire and went to his fifty with a lofted boundary over wide mid-wicket, his runs coming off 22 balls with 10 fours and a six.

When Zampa changed ends and Banton, making his first appearance of the season, joined in the party with a reverse sweep to the boundary.

Essex then turned to Ravi Bopara, but the diminutive Myburgh struck him for six over mid-wicket followed by a cover drive to the boundary to move into the nineties.

Myburgh duly went to his century with a four through the covers off the first ball of the 11th over- off 43 balls with 16 fours and three 6s, much to the delight of Somerset fans in the large crowd.

The winning runs were scored by Banton with a single into the off side, as he ended unbeaten on 29 while Myburgh was not out 103, his first ever T20 century.

Earlier in the match after opting to bat first Essex were limited to well under par score by a well-disciplined bowling and fielding performances.

Jamie Overton made the vital breakthrough in the third over when he had Adam Wheater caught at backward point by Myburgh. The big fast bowler, back to his best after injury, claimed another scalp when bowled Paul Walter.

Wickets then tumbled regularly with Jerome Taylor claiming three in the final over as Essex ended on 135 for nine. Overton ended with three for 23 and Taylor three for 28.

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