Essex on the brink of victory as wickets tumble at Old Trafford

Lancashire v Essex – LV=Insurance County Championship Division One – Emirates Old Trafford – Day Three – Summary

Essex 391 (120.5 overs)

Lancashire 103 and 219/9 (89.0 overs)

Essex won the toss and elected to bat

Lancashire trail Essex by 75 runs with one second-innings wicket standing

Essex stands on the threshold of a crushing victory over Lancashire after claiming no less than fourteen wickets on day three of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One encounter at the Emirates Old Trafford.

Starting the day, already in a commanding position with Lancashire floundering on 32 for five, the Essex attack made short work of the hosts’ order. Sam Cook returned figures of 4/18, while Jamie Porter and Shane Snater took two apiece as Lancs were dismissed for 103 and forced to follow on.

Simon Harmer joined the party as Essex honed in on a sizable success. The South African off-break bowler finished the day with 5/85, while Cook, Porter and Snater topped up their respective accounts to leave the home side teetering on 219/9, and still 75 runs short of Essex’s mammoth first-innings score of 391 (Dan Lawrence 120, Nick Browne 71, Snater 72). Play resumes on Friday at 11am.

Lancashire: Dane Vilas (Capt), James Anderson, Tom Bailey, George Balderson, Jack Blatherwick, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Hassan Ali, Keaton Jennings, Matt Parkinson, Phil Salt (WK), Luke Wells, Luke Wood.

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

Umpires: PJ Hartley and SJ O’Shaughnessy

Scorers: C Rimmer and P Parkinson

Match Referee: J Whitaker

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