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Vitality Blast: Essex ‘not good enough’ says Chopra

PUBLISHED: 07:43 06 August 2018

Varun Chopra hits four runs for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Varun Chopra hits four runs for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex batsman Varun Chopra admits his side have not done enough in the Vitality Blast T20 this season, following their latest defeat on Sunday.

Chopra top scored with 52 off 39 balls as Essex made 157-5 against Surrey at Chelmsford, but the visitors eased to a six-wicket win despite seeing Aaron Finch and Jason Roy fall cheaply, following their stunning 194-run stand against Middlesex two days earlier.

Essex remain bottom of the south group with only one win in nine matches and are set to visit Glamorgan on Tuesday.

And Chopra said: “It’s unfortunate at the moment that we’re getting out-skilled with the bat and ball and out in the field. If that’s the case you’re not going to win too many games of cricket – and we’re not.

“Cricket’s a game of skill and generally the most skilful team comes out on top. We haven’t been skilful enough and we’ve got a lot of work to do. It was a below-par total. They bowled very well, executed their plans and showed their skills.”

Chopra’s own form with the bat has been good, with four half-centuries to his name, and he was pleased to see young Michael Pepper make some runs too, adding: “I still think I could be doing more. I’ve got more to give with the bat to try and get that eighty or hundred and get that really big total for us.

“I’ve found a few unfortunate ways to get out after being set this year. It would be nice to rectify that. Things aren’t going great for us and we need an individual in an Essex shirt to stand up and put that match-winning innings in for us.

“It’s nice to see Pepper come in – he’s had a good year with the bat in the second team and has got his opportunity in the first team. It’s a good time for the club to have a look at him and for him to enjoy it and get some experience at this level.”

With a quarter-final place already beyond them, with five matches still to play, Essex will be looking to find some form and confidence before returning to the longer format.

After their trip to Wales, they are set to host Gloucestershire on Friday and Chopra added: “Whenever you put an Essex shirt on there’s a lot of pride to play for. There’s always opportunities whether you’re a senior player or a youngster to stick up your hand.

“We’ll see in the next few games how people’s mental states are, their characters, how they are technically, because we don’t want this to go into four-day cricket either. There is a lot to play for. But there is also an opportunity for the club to look at things as well if they want.”

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