result
Group 1, Chelmsford, Apr 15 - 18 2021, County Championship
96 & 330
(56.4 ov, target 168)259 & 123
Essex won by 44 runs

Nick: "Brilliant game, I don't want to sound like an overly cocky Essex fan but I still always fancied we had a chance in this game, Essex have made a habit of winning games they had no right to win in recent years"

56.4
W
Porter to Salisbury, OUT

middle stump splattered and it's all over at the Fortress! What a sensational session from the champions, they've turned this contest upside-down with such panache! A deflection off the pad, out comes the timber, and Essex are up and running for the season!

Matt Salisbury b Porter 2 (22m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10
56.3
Porter to Salisbury, no run

flciked to the on-side

Richard: "Really enjoyed the commentary Andrew so thank you (and cricinfo) for this! Helped my time at the supermarket go quickly..." A pleasure!

56.2
1
Porter to Rushworth, 1 run

open face once more, down to third man

56.1
Porter to Rushworth, no run
end of over 561 run • 1 wicket
DURH: 122/9CRR: 2.17 
Matt Salisbury2 (18)
Chris Rushworth1 (2)
Simon Harmer 24-8-57-5
Jamie Porter 13-5-32-1
55.6
Harmer to Salisbury, no run
55.5
Harmer to Salisbury, no run

cracked to mid-off on the front foot

55.4
1
Harmer to Rushworth, 1 run

pushed into the covers

55.3
Harmer to Rushworth, no run

outside off, through to the keeper

55.2
W
Harmer to Carse, OUT

ten in the match for Harmer! Straightens on an off-stump line, and thumps the knee-roll... was Carse playing a stroke? Potentially not, it was very pad-first, and the umpire sends him on his way! It's almost done now!

Brydon Carse lbw b Harmer 15 (38m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 65.21
55.1
Harmer to Carse, no run

firmly forward, pushed to the on side

end of over 553 runs
DURH: 121/8CRR: 2.20 
Matt Salisbury2 (16)
Brydon Carse15 (21)
Jamie Porter 13-5-32-1
Simon Harmer 23-8-56-4
54.6
Porter to Salisbury, no run

outside off, head over the ball, through to the keeper. Close to the edge again

54.5
Porter to Salisbury, no run

back of a length, a belligerent swing across the line, but connects with thin air

54.4
Porter to Salisbury, no run

open face again, and skims past the outside edge!

54.3
2
Porter to Salisbury, 2 runs

hard thump off the back foot, out to deep cover

54.2
Porter to Salisbury, no run
54.1
1
Porter to Carse, 1 run

blotted with an open face to third man