County Championship: Essex win as Lancashire run-chase falls brief
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, The Cloudfm County Floor, Chelmsford (day three):|
|Essex 150 & 313: Foster 69, Westley 49, Harmer 49; Mennie 3-47|
|Lancashire 144 & 288: Clark 59, Mennie 56; Porter 4-54|
|Essex (19 pts) beat Lancashire (Three pts) by 31 runs|
Defending champions Essex claimed their first success of the brand new season by bowling out Lancashire for 288 to win by 31 runs on day three at Chelmsford.
Chasing a goal of 320, the guests misplaced openers Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings with solely 32 on the board.
Alex Davies (71) and Jordan Clark (59) batted nicely, however each went leg-before-wicket to tempo bowler Jamie Porter.
The Essex man then ended the sport by eradicating Joe Mennie for 56 to complete with 4-54 and match figures of 9-80.
Regardless of struggling in bowler-friendly circumstances of their first innings, it was a superb efficiency by Essex after seeing no play at everywhere in the 4 days in Yorkshire final week.
Porter struck in solely the second over of play when he produced a magnificence to beat Hameed’s ahead defensive stroke and hit the highest of off stump, sending him on his approach for a duck.
Jennings adopted when he was taken at first slip off Peter Siddle, however Davies and Liam Livingstone laid a basis for Lancashire by including 56 collectively.
Paul Walter despatched again Livingstone (23) and Shiv Chanderpaul in successive overs then, after Davies had reached a 66-ball half-century, Porter pinned him in entrance with a full-length ball.
After including 48 for the ninth wicket with Mennie, Clark departed to depart the rating 243-8, rapidly adopted by Graham Onions.
Matt Parkinson then got here in so as to add 42 in 11 overs for the final wicket with Mennie, together with three sixes from the Australian, however Porter ended all of it by uprooting his off stump.
Essex’s former Australia Check bowler Peter Siddle:
“We all the time knew it was going to be laborious work. We simply wanted to bowl nicely and management the sport.
“For us to bat within the third innings and recover from 300 confirmed it was an honest wicket to bat on.
“We managed most of it and that put the stress on them. Nevertheless it was a bit bit nearer than we’d have appreciated.”
Lancashire assistant head coach Mark Chilton instructed BBC Radio Lancashire:
“Joe Mennie performed splendidly nicely on the finish there and Matt Parkinson was doing an awesome job. We all know his functionality with the bat however, in chases like this, for those who’re leaving the 10th wicket to chase down 70 runs, it would not occur fairly often.
“We have been constructive concerning the chase at the beginning of the day, the pitch had settled a bit and I assumed if we would performed rather well we would have knocked the runs off, however the two wickets after lunch most likely damage us quite a bit.
“After defeats it’s important to take a look at areas to enhance earlier than the following sport however we do not see the worth in doing that within the speedy aftermath of the sport. We’ll strive to not overreact to a lot to 2 defeats, stick collectively as a unit and establish issues we have achieved rather well.”