Essex beat Lancashire to qualify for the T20 Blast semi-finals

Essex Eagles defeated Lancashire Lightning by six wickets at Riverside Ground to secure their place in the Vitality T20 Blast semi-final.

Lancashire, sent to bat first in the quarterfinals, placed 159-5 in their 20 overs.

Alex Davies was the top scorer for the team with 80 out of 55 deliveries using nine boundaries. Skipper Dane Vilas made 41 of 36 deliveries, which included a four and a six.

Aaron Beard and Ravi Bopara each grabbed two wickets.

Essex followed the 160-run with six wickets in hand and four balls.

Ryan Ten Doeschate scored 45 runs after hitting two boundaries and a maximum, while Cameron Delport struck 44 from 30 balls with seven fours to his name.

Ravi Bopara, who struck out four sixes, played a fast-paced 39 runs from 18 deliveries.

Lancashire bowlers Saqib Mahmood, Glenn Maxwell and Liam Livingstone each took a wicket.

Ravi Bopara was named player of the match for his overall performance.

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