Essex stalemate 

Durham v Essex – Vitality County Championship Division One – Seat Unique Riverside – Report

Durham 358 and 131 for two

Essex 488

Durham won the toss and elected to bat

Match Drawn

Centuries from Nick Browne and Feroze Khushi proved to be the highlight of Essex’s weather-affected Vitality County Championship Division One draw with Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside.

With the third day washed out, a stalemate would always be the likely outcome, so it proved.

Durham set the ball rolling by posting 358. Colin Ackermann scored his inaugural three-figure knock for the hosts before he was trapped lbw by stand-in skipper Sam Cook, having scored 112 off 231 balls during a 291-minute stint at the crease.

Ollie Robinson complimented the South Africans’ efforts by scoring 90 and David Bedingham similarly with a half-century.

Jamie Porter returned bowling figures of three for 57, while Cook had 3/60. Shane Snater and Simon Harmer took two apiece. 

Khushi shone with 107 from 165, while Browne, returning to the starting line-up for the first time this season, batted superbly for his 184, during 397 minutes in the middle, helping Essex to 488, a lead of 130. Earlier, Dean Elgar had contributed 46 before he fell to Matthew Potts. Meanwhile, Durham spinner Callum Parkinson took five for 131.

Durham had reached 131 for two, Alex Lees (48*) and David Bedingham (33*) concluded proceedings. Speaking to the ECB Reporters’ Network, Essex Centurion Browne, said: “I didn’t have the greatest year last year and we have a very good squad, so it was fair that I didn’t start in the team this season. So it was very nice to grab the opportunity when it came around. This is one that will stick with me for a while.

“We were looking to bat once and get a big score but with that rain, we had to adjust our game plan. We wanted to get runs on the board and then hope it did something this evening but it wasn’t to be. It was very tough for the seamers,

“Feroze has been batting very well, hitting the ball cleanly, and that was a really intelligent knock from him. He withstood the pressure really well, especially after getting hit, which is never nice.  To come through that was brilliant and he’s learning.”

Essex returns to Vitality County Championship Division One action on  Friday, May 3/6 when they face Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground (11am).

Durham: AZ Lees, SG Borthwick (Capt), CN Ackermann, DG Bedingham, OG Robinson (WK), G Clark, BA Carse, P Coughlin, BA Raine, MJ Potts, CF Parkinson

Essex: D Elgar, FIN Khushi, NLJ Browne, JM Cox, MJJ Critchley, NRM Thain, HG Duke (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, SJ Cook (Capt), JA Porter

Umpires: RA White and DJ Millns

Scorers: WR Dobson and P Parkinson

Match Referee: Will Smith

Elsewhere in Vitality County Championship Division One, at the Kia Oval, Surrey claimed the leadership by a single wicket after handsomely seeing off Hampshire by an innings and eleven runs.

Skipper, Rory Burns hit 113, while Jordan Clark was unbeaten on 106 as Surrey scored 359, responding to Hampshire’s first-inning total of 151. Dan Worrall then claimed five for 47 to secure the champions’ second win of the season

In Division Two, Middlesex drew with Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol, with Max Holden and Ryan Higgins scoring 111 and 155 for the visitors.

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Brian Jeeves

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