Bopara absolutely nails a cover drive off Daggett.
Next ball is a suicidal single and Ravi has to dive to make his ground - that's messed up his shirt
Sheesh - this is frantic.
James Middlebrook from the Birmingham End.
Incidentally - it's all Birmingham why is it the Birmingham End? It used to be called the City End which made much more sense
Bopara hammers Daggett down the ground but it's cut off
Half way through and Essex are 77/2
WICKET Pettini 27 ct Murphy b Middlebrook 27
Pettini gets a massive top edge and it goes up and comes back down with snow on into the gloves of Murphy
Which brings dangerman Ten Doeschate to the crease. His 82 in the quarters was the key to Essex's victory over Notts
End of the 11th Over Essex 81/1
WICKET Bopara ct Spriegel b Coetzer 14
Bopara goes big but doesn't get enough and it goes miles in the air it swirls and swirls and Spriegel watches it all the way into his hands right on the boundary
Cameron White drops another. This one left handed at backward point
Foster has to dive to make his ground. He's done a Monty
End of the 12th and Essex are 85/4
They are going to have to put their foot on the gas a bit now
Spriegel on to bowl round the wicket from the Brum End
End of the 13th 91/4
Very hard to tell what par is but 170 ish
Foster unshackles with a 4 off the last ball of the over.
Essex 99/4 off 14
100 up for Essex off 85 balls
Fantastic fielding from Willey to save a boundary off the final ball of the 15th over
Azarullah back into the attack
Foster sweeps out of the ground for SIX
he loves a sweep does Fozzie
WICKET ct Levi b Azarullah 13
Essex need some Napier fireworks here. They ain't got enough
Floodlights are coming on
A lesser spotted boundary takes Essex on 124/5
The beast that is Steven Crook is on from the Pav End.
Cracker - Foster sweeps (imagine that) to the square leg boundary
2 overs left. Essex are 132/5
Learned people are saying that par is about 155
There we go ..................Napier hooks for 6
It's that time.
And this time pull through mid wicket for 4.
Napier doesn't mess around
Oh and again. Willey got some treatment in that last over. He's gone for 43 off his 4 overs
One over left 149/5
Northants are being Napiered
And now the crowd are on their feet. They are loving this Napier onslaught
50 partnership comes off just 24 deliveries
That might be about 15 too many for Northants
We are off with the chase. Levi and Coetzer opening
Nippy from Topley 87.2 mph
Levi bats out the first over then 12 so far in the second
It's the wiley old campaigners Napier and Masters bowling at the moment.
That's the end of the 3rd and a pretty good start by Northants. 21/0
Tait is getting some wheels. Up at 90 mph. Just not always totally accurate.