Essex’s hope hanging by a thread after Notts draw

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

Nottinghamshire 293 and 44/2 (27.2 overs)
Essex 210 (89.1 overs)
Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bat
Match drawn

Essex’s grip on the Bob Willis Trophy was considerably loosened after they played out a weather-affected draw with Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford.

Despite extending their impressive unbeaten home red-ball sequence, Essex’s progression is now out of their hands with the chase for silverware now turning towards the shorter forms of the game which get underway later this week.

Topping the group at the start of play, the home side found the going tough as Joe Clarke – having retired not out on 11 after a delivery from Sam Cook left his with a throbbing hand – returned to reach 67, while Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney had hit half-centuries to give Notts the edge – Simon Harmer with 4/71 and Peter Siddle (3/87) the pick of the Essex attack.

Simon Harmer took 4/71 for Essex (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

However, having lost the second day in its entirety due to persistent rain, a stalemate always looked the most likely outcome. Nevertheless, Essex required a mature innings’ from skipper Tom Westley to get them out of the woods after they had been reduced to 15/3. Shane Snater and Simon Harmer chipped in with an eighth-wicket partnership of 50.

Brett Hutton proved to be the proverbial thorn in the hosts side, taking 5/65, while Liam Patterson-White and Luke Fletcher took two apiece as Essex were dismissed for 210.

Notts had extended their advantage, reaching 44/2 when the gloomy conditions consumed the contest. Ben Slater was unbeaten on 19, while Siddle and Snater enhanced their match figures with the ball.

Essex must now win their final game against Derbyshire at Chesterfield Next month and pin their hopes on rivals slipping to reach the next stage of the competition.

Essex now turns their attention to the T20 Vitality Blast, where they face Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Wednesday, June 9 ( 6:30pm).

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 and Alec Swann

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Brian Jeeves

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