Essex find it tough as top-two battle it out

Essex v Nottinghamshire – LV Insurance County Championship – Cloudfm County Ground – Day One – Summary

Nottinghamshire 248/6 (96.0 over)
Essex (Yet to bat)
Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bat

Half-centuries from Lyndon James, skipper Steven Mullaney and Joe Clarke gave Nottinghamshire the edge on day one as group A’s top two went head-to-head at the Cloudfm County Ground.

Separated by five points at the start of play and a game labelled ‘must-win’ by both parties, but it was Essex who enjoyed the better of the first session, reducing Notts to 71/3 at lunch, with Clarke also back in the pavilion with a throbbing hand, retired not out, after a pacy delivery from Sam Cook nipped up.

Nottinghamshire’s Joe Clarke retired not out on 11. He would return to reach 57* by the close of play (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

James would reach 54 off 163 balls and Mullaney 55 from 178 – the pair falling to Peter Siddle and Shane Snater respectively. Alastair Cook displayed safe hands at first slip – the pair Essex’s most successful with the ball on an action-packed opening day.

Clarke had left the fray in the sixteenth over on 11. He returned to trouble the hosts further, finishing the day unbeaten on 57 – Siddle had 3/76, while Snater continued to emerge as a valuable member of this Essex group with 2/35.

Sam Cook could be kept out of the spotlight. The right-arm fast-medium removed Tom Moore with a corking delivery which clipped the top of his off-stump. Play resumes on Friday at 11am.

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Michael Pepper, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Peter Siddle, Sam Cook, Shane Snater

Nottinghamshire: Ben Slater, Ben Compton, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Lyndon James, Steven Mullaney (Capt), Tom Moores (WK), Liam Patterson-White, Luke Fletcher, Dane Paterson, Brett Hutton

Officials: Ian Blackwell, Neil Mallender, Alec Swann

Brian Jeeves

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