I am currently sitting in a warm house during a rest day. I have slept for a large part of it.

And, reflecting on what was an intense game against Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, I feel once again the fight in our side shone through as we won a very close contest.

On a personal note, it was very nice to contribute with the ball and get us off to a good start in partnership with Neil Wagner.

I picked up a few wickets, and hung around with Simon Harmer at the end to see Essex home.

On what we felt was a pretty good Oval wicket we were very pleased to restrict Surrey to 210. We all bowled nicely and fielded well as a side.

With the bat, it was a scrap from ball one. We, like Surrey, lost key wickets early and throughout the innings and kept letting Surrey back into it, which was very frustrating.

Thankfully, Tendo (Ryan ten Doeschate) and Harmer stepped up with a vital seventh wicket partnership and got us within touching distance of victory.

But, after the dismissal of Tendo and Wagner soon after I found myself in the middle.

Thankfully Harmer was there and we quickly devised a plan to take it to the last over as we knew if we did that we would be close as we needed just 17 off four overs once I got out there.

When Harmer hit the four to win the game in the final over I was as relieved as I was excited. We had played so well as a side it would have been so disappointing to lose that game but thankfully we came out on the better side.

Today, we will be confident but conscious that we still have not put a complete performance together.

But we do have good momentum behind us. I can’t imagine there will be too much change within the side in terms of personnel but we will have to leave that to the selection panel to decide.

It will be another hard-fought game and one we will be aiming to win.