To be honest Friday started as a bit of a shambles, after being in a car for over four hours on the way to Chelmsford we thought they’d have to delay the game, we missed lunch and the proper warm-up but it ended up like a dream!
The only person who got there before the players was the coach and he was only half an hour ahead of everyone else. He arrived just before the warm-up which was supposed to be 4.30pm but we usually get there for around three o’clock for food.
However, we arrived at five with the game due to start at 5.30pm so in the end they put the game back by 10 minutes and we had a bit of a stretch and then straight out into the middle really.
We bowled first and we were smashed around the park whilst everyone was feeling a bit dizzy and dehydrated due to the lack of food and water then we walked out to bat knowing I had a license to just have a go at the score.
There was absolutely no point in prodding around and then it was a bit of a dream to score 153 not out really.
I didn’t think that was going to be possible at around 4pm though when we were stuck in traffic on the M25. I was actually asking for a replacement for me on Twitter which was a bit of fun.
I had plenty of offers but they were mainly Essex fans offering to block for 20 overs, it was good fun, I got a lot of nice responses but in the end it was good to make it and it turned out to be a great day.
We didn’t actually have a clue it was a record run chase at the time when we went out to bat, I actually played in a game in South Africa for England and we went for 250-something and got nowhere near it and I know there has been a few 200 chases but we didn’t actually know that was the record.
Even when we were four or five overs out me and Matt Machan knew it was a huge amount of runs and if one of us got out it was going to be difficult. We thought ‘you know what we are going at 10 or 11 runs an over here we can do this’.
You have the license of the scoreboard, with those sort of totals you either knock it off or get very close or you get bowled out for 100. I hit three singles in my first three balls just to give myself a little bit of a chance because it’s difficult to go for it straight away.
After that I hit a few nice shots that felt good and I suppose on the back of scoring a hundred in the previous game and then some four-day runs against Warwickshire I felt in a good place and everything was coming out of the middle.
Everything I seemed to try came off and it’s a small ground where you get huge value for your shots so once I got going you can’t stop when you’re chasing that kind of total.
For me though, the most frustrating thing is when you score 150 to win the game you want that to be getting you a quarter-final rather than out of the competition.
It is a massive shame we did not make it through but on a personal level I have had a good year, even in the early part of the NatWest T20 Blast I felt really good but I was getting 20s and 30s and getting out.
I was missing out on the big scores which win you games so it was frustrating because I felt good but as a team we were losing as well. 20s and 30s felt like ducks for me but once I got going it was nice to cash in.
I’ve finished as the top run scorer in the competition from the group stages but then to not carry on is frustrating but it is what it is.
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