Essex are underway with a win at Lord’s

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Middlesex v Essex – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – Lord’s Cricket Ground – Summary

Essex 266 and 211

Middlesex 170 and 210

Middlesex won the tioss and elected to bowl

Essex won by 97 runs

Essex started their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One campaign with a 97-run victory over old adversaries Middlesex at Lord’s.

In a match that has moved on at a rate of knots, Dan Lawrence did his England Test squad hopes the power of good with a stylish century. The Whipps Cross-born right-hander reached 105 before he was trapped lbw by Tom Helm. The Whipps Cross-born right-hander faced 204 balls during a 256-minute stint at the crease. His thirteenth first-class century consisted of eleven 4s and two 6s.

Matt Critchley was also amongst the runs, passing fifty before falling to Toby Rowland-Jones, while earlier in the contest, Tom Westley had reached 48 before suffering a similar fate.

Rowland-Jones led the way with the ball for the home side, impressively finishing with figures of seven for 61 from 27.1 overs as Essex were dismissed for 266.

The Middlesex response got off to an alarming start as Jamie Porter carved through the top order. Indeed, the hosts found themselves floundering on four for 4 in only the fourth over of their innings. 

However, Ryan Higgins and John Simpson provided dogged resilience and clawed Middlesex back into the game with a sixth-wicket partnership of 127.

Higgins eventually fell to Simon Harmer having reached 70 off 127 balls. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper/batter Simpson was eventually undone on 63, caught by Westley off a ball from Porter in the penultimate over. 

Jamie Porter enjoyed greater success with the ball for Essex, claiming six for 35 while Harmer chipped in with three wickets as the visitors ensured themselves a sizable first-innings advantage.

Critchley hit his second half-century as Essex extended their lead. Nevertheless, Tim Murtagh carried the fight, taking 4/44 before the visitors were dismissed for 211.

A target of 308 was always going to be a tall order for Middlesex. Cook and Porter set about securing Essex’s success, each taking three wickets. Porter returned impressive match figures of 9/69, while Cook chipped in with 4/71. The home side fell some way short despite Luke Hollman’s 63, 41 from Higgins and Stevie Eskinazi’s 37.

Essex return to LV= Insurance County Championship Division One action on Thursday, April 13-16 when Lancashire are teh visitors to the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford (11am).

Middlesex: Toby Roland-Jones (Capt), Stephen Eskinazi, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Max Holden, Luke Hollman, Pieter Malan, Tim Murtagh, Sam Robson, John Simpson (WK), Mark Stoneman, 

Essex: Tom Westley, Ben Allison, Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Sam Cook, Matt Critchley, Simon Harmer, Dan Lawrence, Jamie Porter, Adam Rossington, Shane Snater

Officials: Michael Burns, Richard Illingworth and James Whitaker

Points: Essex 20  Middlesex 3 

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