Siddle aside, weather is the winner

Essex v Warwickshire – LV Insurance County Championship – Cloudfm, Chelmsford – Summary

Warwickshire 166 and 66/1

Essex 217 (82.3 overs)

Warwickshire won the toss and have elected to bat

Match Drawn

Ultimately, the unpredictable weather was the winner of this stop-start LV Insurance County Championship encounter at a dreich Chelmsford.

Having finally been acquainted with his 2019 Championship winning medal and presented his Essex county cap, Australian right-arm fast-medium Peter Siddle shone through the gloom with 6/38, while Sam Cook took 3/48 as visitors’ Warwickshire were knocked over for 166 – Tim Bresnan, top-scoring for the Bears, with fifty.

In Between the showers and gloomy conditions, Essex forged a useful lead with Alastair Cook, Ryan ten Doeschate and Simon Harmer each contributing useful innings’ 

On a difficult pitch, Cook scored 57 off 105 balls, while ten Doeschate’s 56 came during a 105-minute stint in the middle.

Harmer, so often the man Essex turned to with the ball, provided an unbeaten 40 as the home side established a 51-run advantage – Liam Norwell and skipper, Will Rhodes each taking three wickets apiece for the visitors.

Danny Briggs and Will Rhodes erased the Essex lead – the former eventually added to Cook’s haul before the elements returned to consume the contest, with honours shared.

Essex returns to LV Insurance County Championship action on Thursday, May 27-30 when they face Durham at the Emirates Riverside (11am).

Points: Essex 12 Warwickshire 11

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Peter Siddle, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Warwickshire: Dominic Sibley, Will Rhodes (Capt), Rob Yates, Pieter Malan, Sam Hain, Michael Burgess (WK), Tim Bresnan, Olly Stone, Danny Briggs, Liam Norwell, Oliver Hannon-Dalby

Umpires: BJ Debenham and IJ Gould

Scorers: AE Choat and P Parkinson

Match Referee: P Whitticase

Brian Jeeves

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