Lamb’s century is mint for Warwickshire

Brian Jeeves

Warwickshire v Essex – Edgbaston – Specsavers County Championship Division One – Day Two

Warwickshire 517(175.5 overs)
Essex 31/1 (14.0 overs)
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl

MATTHEW LAMB’S maiden Specsavers County Championship century put the squeeze on Essex’s Division One title aspirations as Warwickshire continued to pile up the runs on day two at Edgbaston.

Lamb batted quite brilliantly, reaching 173 – a knock which included 25 boundaries, compiled from 371 balls – before eventually succumbing to a catch from Simon Harmer off Ravi Bopara.

Lamb wasn’t the only thorn in the side of the Essex attack. Sam Hain hit 81, while there were half-centuries for Jeetan Patel and earlier Dominic Sibley before the home side were finally dismissed for a sizable 517. Harmer the pick of the beleaguered Essex bowlers with figures of 6/143.

The Essex response had reached 31/1 at the close – Nick Browne 16* and nightwatchman, Sam Cook )* – Alastair Cook the man out shortly before stumps, edging Patel to Sibley.

Essex head into day three facing a huge task – Play resumes on Thursday at 11am.

Warwickshire: Will Rhodes, Dominic Sibley, Liam Banks, Sam Hain, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (WK), Ethan Brookes, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (Capt), Oliver Hannon-Dalby, George Garrett

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate (Capt), Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Umpires: Nicholas Cook and David Millns

Points: Warwickshire 3 Essex 2

Brian Jeeves