Gubbins’ knock frustrates Essex

Hampshire v Essex – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – The Ageas Bowl – Day Two – Report

Hampshire 120 and 122/6 (45.0 overs)

Essex 169

Essex won the toss and elected to bowl

Hampshire lead Essex by 73 runs with four second-innings wickets standing

Nick Gubbins remained unbeaten on 44 as Hampshire struggled to save the match on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One encounter with Essex at the Ageas Bowl.

Gubbins dug in to help the home side to 122 for six at the close of play – a lead of 73 runs. Jamie Porter took his match figures to eight for 79 after another impressive stint with the ball.

Jamie Porter (Courtesy of Essex Cricket)

Earlier, and responding top Hants first innings total of 120 – Gubbins 25, Kyle Abbott 23* – the Essex innings was concluded on 169. Simon Harmer top-scored with 39 off 89 balls on a wicket that very much suited the bowlers. Hampshire’s Kyle Abbott and Johns Turner took three wickets apiece.

Speaking to Alex Smith from the ECB Reporters Network, Essex skipper, Tom Westley said: “I think the situation we have found ourselves we would have snapped your hand off to be in this position with a bowler down from the first innings.

Tom Westley (Courtesy of Essex Cricket)

“It is a tricky wicket and there has been quite a lot of seam movement and it has gone up and down so whatever we have to chase is going to be a challenge – so we want to keep that as small as possible.

“If we can bowl them out we will be happy to chase anything, but if we can keep that as close to 100 as possible then we give ourselves a good chance – we would have to bat poorly and they would have to bowl exceptionally.

“It has been a challenging pitch all the way through. Even talking to some of the Hampshire boys they wanted a pitch that was seaming and then flattened out and it has continually seamed throughout the innings.

“That showed this morning when we were facing a 60-odd-over old ball and it was seaming all the way through, which isn’t normal in the English summer. It usually seams for 30-40 overs and then the batters who are in often get on top.”

Play resumes on Thursday at 11am.

Hampshire: IG Holland, FS Middleton, NRT Gubbins, JM Vince (Capt), BC Brown (WK), LA Dawson, FS Organ, JK Fuller, KJ Abbott, JA Turner, Muhammad Abbas

Essex: NLJ Browne, AN Cook, T Westley (Capt), MJJ Critchley, MS Pepper, PI Walter, AM Rossington (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, SJ Cook, JA Porter

Umpires: M Burns and RA White

Scorers: FC Newnham and P Parkinson

Match Referee: WM Noon

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