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
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