Essex continue to struggle at Edgbaston

Brian Jeeves

Warwickshire v Essex – LV=Insurance County Championship Division One – Edgbaston – Day Two – Summary

Essex 168 and 290/8 (99.0 overs)
Warwickshire 385 (121.2 overs)
Essex won the toss and elected to bat
Essex lead Warwickshire by 73 runs with 2 second-innings wickets standing

Essex remain in a precarious position despite providing a dogged batting response on day three of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One encounter with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Simon Harmer was unbeaten on 60 at the close, while Adam Rossington hit 52, Matt Critchley 49 and Dan Lawrence 44 as the visitors reached 290/8 – A lead of 73 – Oliver Hannon-Dalby taking 3/36 as Wat=rwickshire honed in on victory.

Earlier, A quite brilliant knock of 170 from Michael Burgess had left Essex staring down the barrel. The wicketkeeper/batter helped the Bears establish a sizable 217-run advantage. After hitting 178 against Surrey a week previous, Burgess’ 283-minute stint in the middle yielded twenty 4s and five 6s, facing 217 balls.

Matthew Lamb chipped in with 71 – Mark Steketee (4/130) and Sam Cook (3/72) the pick of the Essex bowlers.

Tom Westley had top-scored for the visitors with 80 off 176 balls, steadying an Essex ship that was rapidly taking on water following a first-innings middle-order collapse.

Five wickets tumbled for just eleven runs. Danny Briggs led the way for the Warwickshire attack with 4/31, while Hannon-Dalby claimed 3/43 and Liam Norwell, 2/18 as Essex were dismissed on the first day for 168. Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.

Warwickshire: Will Rhodes (Capt), Chris Benjamin, Danny Briggs, Henry Brookes, Michael Burgess (WK), Alex Davies, Sam Hain, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Matt Lamb, Craig Miles, Liam Norwell, Dom Sibley, Rob Yates.

Essex: Tom Westley (Capt), Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Sam Cook, Matt Critchley, Simon Harmer, Dan Lawrence, Jamie Porter, Adam Rossington, Shane Snater, Mark Steketee, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK)

Officials: Richard Kettleborough, Neil Mallender and Philip Whitticase

Brian Jeeves