Long-serving all-rounder Ravi Bopara says Essex Eagles’ maiden Vitality Blast triumph ‘means everything’ after he steered them to a four-wicket victory in the final against Worcestershire Rapids.

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Essex captain Simon Harmer reflects on what has been a fantastic Finals Day as he led his side to victory for the first time.

Essex captain Simon Harmer reflects on what has been a fantastic Finals Day as he led his side to victory for the first time.

Team-mate Ryan ten Doeschate, who preceded Harmer as skipper, said: “He’s just changed the mindset and been really positive and he’s shown a lot of faith in some of the young guys who haven’t played much.

“Even when we looked dead and buried, with four games to go, he kept saying ‘trust me boys, it’s on – just keep going, keep going.