Critchley and Walter put Essex in charge at Notts

Brian Jeeves

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

Essex 253 and 329 for eight (91.0 overs)

Nottinghamshire 293 (82.4 overs)

Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex lead by 289 runs with two second-innings wickets standing

Masterful batting performances from Matt Critchley and Paul Walter have elevated Essex into a strong position ahead of the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One encounter with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Essex finished day three on Essex 329 for eight and with a lead of 289, before bad light drew an earlier-than-anticipated conclusion. Walter scored 79 off 105 balls, while Critchley contributed 68 from 174 as the visitors recovered from 129/5. Brett Hutton claimed three for 73, while Lyndon James and Calvin Harrison took two apiece for Notts.

Earlier, Wicketkeeper/batter Joe Clarke hit an impressive century for the hosts and Jack Haynes chipped in with 77, while there was a hat-trick for Essex’s Sam Cook Notts were dismissed for 293 – 40 runs to the good.

Cook had four for 59 from his eighteen overs, including the wickets of James, Hutton and Dillon Pennington in successive balls. Jamie Porter and Shane Snater each claimed a brace

Essex had been dismissed for 253. South African left-hander Dean 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.

Essex’s Paul Walter spoke to Jon Culley from the ECB Reporters’ Network at the close: “It has been a good day for us. If you go back to yesterday, we were in a difficult position so to go into day four with all three results possible is good for us,” he said.

“It says a lot about our character that we were able to fight our way back into the game. As a team, we back ourselves to win from any position. We have been in positions like this many times over the years but if you are going to win titles you have to be able to get over the line in these sorts of positions.

“Harmy could come into it on the last day but it looks like a bit of a new ball wicket with the Kookaburra so it will be important to use it well. One way or another we just have to make sure that they finish with at least one run less than us.

“It was good to be part of the partnership that got us back into the game. You always want to score runs. Critch batted really well and it is just a shame neither of us could go on.

“From my point of view, it is always nice to get runs early on in a season and hopefully they can be part of a winning cause.”

Play resumes on Monday 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, Ryan Higgins is unbeaten on 127, while Mark Stoneman fell three short of his century as Middlesex closed on 460 for five. Earlier, skipper Sam Northeast finished unbeaten on 335 – the highest first-class score recorded at Lord’s – as Glamorgan amassed 620 for three (dec). Colin Ingram was also not out having reached 132. 

Meanwhile, back in Division One, only twenty-one balls were possible on day three at Emirates Old Trafford, with Surrey on fifteen without loss, responding to Lancashire’s 202.

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Brian Jeeves

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