Wet weather frustrates Essex

Brian Jeeves

Durham v Essex – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – Seat Unique Riverside – Day Three – Report

Durham 358

Essex 314 for three (98.0 overs)

Durham won the toss and elected to bat

Essex trail Durham by 44 runs with seven first-innings wickets standing

Durham and Essex were left frustratingly kicking their heels after day three of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One encounter at the Seat Unique Riverside was washed out.

The inclement weather conditions ensured no play was possible, with umpires, David Millns and Rob White, accepting defeat mid-afternoon.

Imperial batting performances from Feroze Khushi and Nick Browne had edged Essex into contention on day two.

Khushi’s excellent 107 came off 165 balls and included nineteen 4s. Meanwhile, Browne – returning to the side for the first time this season – finished the day unbeaten on 94* as Essex navigated a potentially tricky day in the North-East.

Dean Elgar had reached 46 before he fell to Matthew Potts. Earlier, the home side had posted 358. Colin Ackermann’s inaugural three-figure knock for the hosts came off 231 balls during a 291-minute stint at the crease before he was trapped lbw by stand-in skipper Sam Cook.

Ollie Robinson complimented the South Africans’ efforts by scoring 90 and David Bedingham similarly with a half-century.

Jamie Porter returned bowling figures of three for 57, while Cook had 3/60. Shane Snater and Simon Harmer took two apiece. 

But the showers have ensured the contest is now heading for a draw. Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.

Durham: AZ Lees, SG Borthwick (Capt), CN Ackermann, DG Bedingham, OG Robinson (WK), G Clark, BA Carse, P Coughlin, BA Raine, MJ Potts, CF Parkinson

Essex: D Elgar, FIN Khushi, NLJ Browne, JM Cox, MJJ Critchley, NRM Thain, HG Duke (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, SJ Cook (Capt), JA Porter

Umpires: RA White and DJ Millns

Scorers: WR Dobson and P Parkinson

Match Referee: Will Smith

Elsewhere in LV= Insurance County Championship Division One, at the Kia Oval, Surrey needs five wickets on the final day to secure victory over Hampshire. Kemar Roach and Dan Worrall with two wickets apiece for teh champions.

In Division Two, at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol, Middlesex lead Gloucestershire by 143 runs with seven second-innings wickets standing. Max Holden and Ryan Higgins finished the day unbeaten on 105* and 102 respectively. 

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Brian Jeeves

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