Batters Khushi and Browne support Essex’s cause 

Durham v Essex – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – Seat Unique Riverside – Day Two – Report

Durham 358

Essex 314 for three (98.0 overs)

Durham won the toss and elected to bat

Essex trail Durham by 44 runs with seven first-innings wickets standing

Imperial batting performances from Feroze Khushi and Nick Browne edged LV= Insurance County Championship Division One leaders Essex into contention on day two of their match with Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside.

Feroze Khushi scored 107 off 165 balls for Essex against Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Khushi’s excellent 107 came off 165 balls and included nineteen 4s. Meanwhile, Browne – returning to the side for the first time this season – finished the day unbeaten on 94* as Essex navigated a potentially tricky day in the North-East.

Nick Browne finished the day unbeaten on 94* (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Dean Elgar had reached 46 before he fell to Matthew Potts. Earlier, the home side had posted 358. Colin Ackermann’s inaugural three-figure knock for the hosts came off 231 balls during a 291-minute stint at the crease before he was trapped lbw by stand-in skipper Sam Cook.

Ollie Robinson complimented the South Africans’ efforts by scoring 90 and David Bedingham similarly with a half-century.

Jamie Porter returned bowling figures of three for 57, while Cook had 3/60. Shane Snater and Simon Harmer took two apiece. 

Speaking to the to the ECB Reporters’ Network

Feroze Khushi, Essex centurion Khushi, said: “I’m obviously really happy with how the day went, We’re in a really good position and we played really well. It was nice to get a hundred and to share a really good partnership with Nick Browne as well.

“We started really well and once I got in, I knew I could bat time and bat for long periods. As the boundaries were flowing, I got more confident and it was nice to se Browney come back in and do really well.

“They were bowling really well and you have to respect that. But I can switch my game really well and we’re now in a very good position going into day three.

“Browney is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and I said to him when he got fifty: “You’re back in the team like you never left, mate,” and hopefully tomorrow he can go on and get a hundred.”

Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.

Durham: AZ Lees, SG Borthwick (Capt), CN Ackermann, DG Bedingham, OG Robinson (WK), G Clark, BA Carse, P Coughlin, BA Raine, MJ Potts, CF Parkinson

Essex: D Elgar, FIN Khushi, NLJ Browne, JM Cox, MJJ Critchley, NRM Thain, HG Duke (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, SJ Cook (Capt), JA Porter

Umpires: RA White and DJ Millns

Scorers: WR Dobson and P Parkinson

Match Referee: Will Smith

Elsewhere in LV= Insurance County Championship Division One, Surrey are in command against Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

Skipper, Rory Burns hit 113, while Jordan Clark was unbeaten on 106 as the hosts responded to Hampshire’s first innings total of 151, by scoring 359.

At the close, the visitors trailed by 177 runs with eight second-wickets standing, on 15 for two. 

In Division Two, Miles Hammond scored 81 and Graeme van Buuren 75 to give Gloucestershire a useful lead over Middlesex at going into day three at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol.

The home side closed on 271 for six, responding to the visitors 203 – a lead of 68.


Brian Jeeves