Scott Styris and Tim Southee proved to be the heroes for the Essex Eagles after they helped the hosts record a five wicket victory against the Glamorgan Dragons in a must win game at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
The Eagles looked to be on the verge of crashing out of the race for a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter finals before Styris (42) smashed four sixes and a boundary during a devastating 21 ball innings to seal victory for the Eagles.
The Kiwi arrived at the crease at the start of the 15th over with the Eagles 92-5; in partnership with Ryan ten Doeschate (14) he led the host’s home thanks to a match winning 6th wicket partnership of 54.
The foundations of the victory were created by Southee (6-16) who picked up a hat trick on the way to recording the second best figures in the history of domestic t20 cricket.
With five wickets in hand and an over reaming the Dragons were on the verge of setting the Eagles a tricky run chase but Southee struck four times in the final over to restrict the visitors to a total of 144-9.
Southee removed Nick James (13), Stewart Walters (38) and Alex Jones (0) with the first three deliveries of the final over before dismissing Mark Wallace (0) with the final delivery of the innings.