The home side were stuck in by ten Doeschate on a used slow track under stratocumulus clouds at the Ageas Bowl and had the worst possible start when their captain James Vince was lbw to Mohammad Amir first ball, before Tom Alsop saw his stumps sent cartwheeling by Walter two overs later.

Mohammad Amir in bowling action for Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast

Adam Wheater returned to Hampshire to haunt his former county with a tub-thumping 50 and boost Essex’s hopes of reaching the Natwest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

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