Current Match Report – Essex vs Durham Group 1 2021


Guests construct candy lead after Cook dinner, Porter and Siddle run by residence aspect

Essex 182 and 263 for 8 (Wheater 81, ten Doeschate 55) lead Durham 99 (Cook dinner 4-38, Porter 3-27, Siddle 3-29) by 346 runs

Anticipation of happiness may be half the enjoyable. For Durham’s put-upon members it might have been relatively greater than half. That they had waited for 611 days to see their aspect in motion once more and earlier than lunch on the 612th that they had been rolled for 99. “If I wished a 99 I would have purchased an ice cream,” mentioned one outdated lad to his mate, though as he seemed to be double masked it will have been a little bit of a palaver to eat it.

There had not been a lot trigger for optimism when Durham resumed at 58 for six in response to Essex’s 182, they usually have been duly polished off in one other 14 overs. Essex’s energy would possibly owe a lot to the oft-celebrated offspin of Simon Harmer, however in Jamie Porter, Sam Cook dinner and Peter Siddle they’ve a seam assault that may outbowl most opponents in useful situations they usually have completed that right here.

Day 613 is unlikely to be a lot brighter for Durham, though at the very least the beginning of a predicted heatwave will enable spectators to take in their punishment in consolation. Essex closed the second day 346 forward with two second-innings wickets remaining and, though the extreme seam motion and low bounce of the opening day seems to have largely abated, Durham would wish to drag off a document chase to win the sport.

That benefit owes a lot to Adam Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate, who batted with appreciable vim after Essex had misplaced half their aspect for 53 and had briefly invited Durham’s hopes that they may claw again a first-innings deficit of 83.

Neither batsman had a lot to ask optimism so far as their season’s stats have been involved. Wheater’s solely half-century in eight goes got here within the first recreation of the season; ten Doeschate may level to 2 in 9. However each have been busy from the outset, chopping and pulling vigorously, as they turned the sport in a sixth-wicket stand of 125 in 32 overs. Brydon Carse dropped brief and broad most frequently, leaked 15 in his first over and disappeared at 5 an over.

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