Eagles make light work of disappointing Royals

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

The Essex Eagles cruised to a 9 wicket victory over the Hampshire Royals to strengthen their chances of securing a place in the Friends Provident t20 quarter finals.

Having been set a total of 160 by the Royals; Alistair Cook (28) and Ravi Bopara (94) enjoyed an opening partnership of 71 to put the visitors in control.

Bopara continued his fine innings supported by Matt Walker (33) as the pair lead the Eagles to a very easy victory.

Having won the toss the Royals batted first with Sean Ervine (74) top scoring as the home side reached 159-8 from their 20 overs.
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