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Disappointed but determined

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Another turn in the weather may have turned our fortunes in the Friends Provident Trophy.

However, having won the toss and batted we were having no such luck at 15 for three. But Eoin Morgan and Ed Smith were at the crease and the two of them batted exceptionally well, scoring 100 and 75 respectively, taking us to 194 for five.

This showed the character and determination that we need to epitomise during our campaign, not only to get promoted in the County Championship but to get as far as we can in the one-day competitions.

Helped by some lusty blows by Vernon Philander and Tim Murtagh at the death we made it to 259 for seven.

Coming to the bowling it was imperative we took early wickets. Vernon bowled Mark Pettini early on but that was all we got until Shaun Udal had Varun Chopra smartly stumped by Ben Scott.

I opened the bowling with Vernon and found it hard to build dots. Any sort of width was punished and, unfortunately, when there were glimpses of loose shots the ball did not go to fielders.

It is mandatory that lines are tight to off stump so that the batsman has nothing to put his hands through.

Jason Gallian and Ravi Bopara played well to see Essex through to the target and they are now comfortably top of the group.

We know that with three games to go, we cannot afford to slip up. The determined mood in the camp is showing how together we are as a unit and we believe we can make the quarter-final.

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