Cook hat-trick a boost to Essex

Nottinghamshire v Essex – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – Trent Bridge – Day Two – Summary

Essex 253 (79.1 overs) and 

Nottinghamshire 293 (82.4 overs)

Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex lead Nottinghamshire by 25 runs with nine-second innings wickets standing

Wicketkeeper/batter Joe Clarke hit an impressive century for Nottinghamshire, while there was a hat-trick for Essex’s Sam Cook on an action-packed second day at Trent Bridge.

Clarke scored 104 off 185 balls, while Jack Haynes contributed 77 before the home side were dismissed for 293 – 40 runs to the good.

Sam Cook led the way with the ball for Essex, claiming four for 59 from his eighteen overs, including a hat-trick to send Lyndon James, Brett Hutton and Dillon Pennington back to the pavilion. Meanwhile, there were two-wicket hauls for Jamie Porter and Shane Snater.

Earlier, Essex had been dismissed for 253. South African left-hander Elgar scored 80 off 156 balls during a productive 192-minute stint at the crease, which included twelve boundaries. Debutant Jordan Cox scored 84. The pair put together a third-wicket stand of 112. But with those around them falling cheaply, largely thanks to the handiwork of Dane Paterson, who returned hugely impressive figures of 14-3-49-5, to keep the visitors in check. James chipped in with 2/30, and Pennington 2/79.

In their second innings, Essex had reached 65/1 by stumps. Feroze Khushi the man out for 32. Speaking to Jon Culley from the ECB Reporters’ Network, Essex right-arm fast-medium bowler Cook said: “By our own admission we were off it for most of the day in terms of our bowling.  With the windy conditions, it was a hard day to find a rhythm but as a unit, we were off the standards where we like to be.

“Clarke and Haynes played beautifully, taking full advantage as the ball got soft, and they put us under enormous pressure.

“But Clarke getting out gave us a sniff and we made it count and it is a testament to our character that we were able to fight back as we did. Using the new ball well is even more important with the Kookaburra when the ground is soft and the ball goes soft quickly and I thought we did that well.

“It’s obviously great to be able to celebrate a hat-trick. I took one in the Blast last year but until then I hadn’t had one at any level, not even under-11s, so it is fantastic to get another one so soon.”

Play resumes on Saturday at 11am.

Nottinghamshire: H Hameed (Capt), BM Duckett, BT Slater, JM Clarke (WK), M Montgomery, JA Haynes, LW James, CG Harrison, BA Hutton, DY Pennington, D Paterson

Essex: D Elgar, FIN Khushi, T Westley (Capt), JM Cox, MJJ Critchley, PI Walter, AM Rossington (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, SJ Cook, JA Porter

Umpires: SJ O’Shaughnessy and T Lungley

Scorers: R Marshall and P Parkinson

Match Referee: SJ Davis

Elsewhere, in Division Two, skipper Sam Northeast finished unbeaten on 335 – the highest first-class score recorded at Lord’s – as Glamorgan amassed 620 for three (dec) against Middlesex.

Colin Ingram was also not out having reached 132. Responding, Middlesex had reached 138-1 by the close of play with Mark Stoneman on 62.

Meanwhile, back in Division One, play finally got underway at the Emirates Old Trafford with Dan Lawrence marking his Surrey debut with career-best bowling figures of 4/91 as hosts Lancashire were bowled out for 202.

Surrey had reached 11 without loss by the close.

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Brian Jeeves

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