Essex v Surrey – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Specsavers County Championship – Day One
Surrey 137/4 (46.3 overs)
Essex (Yet to bat)
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat
ESSEX’S Specsavers County Championship Division One title challenge was frustrated as bad light forced a late start and premature close to first-day proceedings at Chelmsford.
Only 46.3 overs were possible due to the gloomy conditions – during which, Sam Cook claimed 2/35 and Jamie Porter 2/47 leaving visitors, Surrey, floundering on 137/4.
Jamie Smith’s 34 was the pick of an otherwise unspectacular opening from the visitors. Nevertheless, skipper Ben Foakes was unbeaten on 31 at the close, accompanied by Will Jack 12*.
Play resumes on Tuesday at 10:30am
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
Surrey: Mark Stoneman, Will Jacks, Scott Borthwick, Ollie Pope, Jamie Smith, Ben Foakes (Capt) (WK), Liam Plunkett, Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Morne Morkel, Amar Virdi
Umpires: Martin Saggers and Ian Gould