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Group 1, Chelmsford, April 15 - 18, 2021, County Championship
96 & 330
(T:168) 259 & 123

Essex won by 44 runs

Essex 1st Innings
Durham 1st Innings
Essex 2nd Innings
Durham 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Essex 1st Innings 
b Rushworth033000.00
lbw b Rushworth621290028.57
c †Poynter b Salisbury413171030.76
b Salisbury32681065047.05
b Carse718301038.88
c Eckersley b Carse43410133.33
c Borthwick b Raine1844553040.90
c Bedingham b Raine01621000.00
c †Poynter b Rushworth426390015.38
c Bedingham b Carse1527422055.55
not out 11214008.33
Extras(lb 1, nb 4)5
TOTAL41.3 Ov (RR: 2.31)96
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Nick Browne, 0.3 ov), 2-7 (Tom Westley, 3.6 ov), 3-15 (Alastair Cook, 6.2 ov), 4-32 (Paul Walter, 13.1 ov), 5-36 (Ryan ten Doeschate, 13.4 ov), 6-74 (Adam Wheater, 27.1 ov), 7-74 (Dan Lawrence, 28.6 ov), 8-76 (Simon Harmer, 31.5 ov), 9-82 (Ben Allison, 38.2 ov), 10-96 (Sam Cook, 41.3 ov)
0.3 to NLJ Browne, dangled outside off, a fat inside edge, and Browne's leg stump goes cartwheeling! Big start for Durham!. 0/1
6.2 to AN Cook, full length from round the wicket, nipping back a fraction, and thumped flush on the knee-roll! No escaping the finger of doom! Essex are in some serious strife already!. 15/3
38.2 to BMJ Allison, straightens once more on middle-and-off, nibbles the edge, and Allison has to go! A simple take for Poynter, and this innings is nearing its end-game. 82/9
3.6 to T Westley, flashy drive, feet not yet to the pitch of the ball, a loose edge through to the keeper! Early drama for the Champions. 7/2
28.6 to DW Lawrence, cleaned him up! That's a vast breakthrough, game-changing even. While Lawrence was in situ, Essex had designs on a rebuild, but Salisbury has ripped one through his defences, straightening from a perfect length, skimming past the outside edge, and trimming the bails to wreck the hopes a bemused batsman!. 74/7
27.1 to AJA Wheater, dangles the bat on a good length outside off, a fat deflection to second slip, and Essex are back in the mire immediately after lunch!. 74/6
31.5 to SR Harmer, another jab of the bat outside off, back of a length from Raine, but no foot movement on display. A low edge loops into the cordon to first slip. Harmer's gone for a duck!. 76/8
13.1 to PI Walter, Carse strikes with his loosener! back of a length, outside off, and chopped onto the stumps! Walter can't believe what he's done there... that was there to be walloped but he got greedy, a sign of the pressure Essex are under, and that's the fourth wicket gone in the blink of an eye!. 32/4
13.4 to RN ten Doeschate, banged in short, but Tendo's left his periscope up! Carse flicks the toe of his bat as it fizzes through, it deflects sharply to third slip, and Essex are five-down!. 36/5
41.3 to SJ Cook, that's a savage way to end things! A vicious bouncer, flapped off the grille, lobbed high into the cordon and easily swallowed. That is a humbling for the champions, and what a chance for Durham now!. 96/10
Durham 1st Innings 
c †Wheater b SJ Cook511140045.45
c Lawrence b Harmer24791124030.37
b Lawrence10012916915077.51
c Westley b Harmer0911000.00
b SJ Cook11117009.09
c AN Cook b Harmer419300021.05
not out 521021436050.98
b Lawrence012000.00
c AN Cook b Harmer18110012.50
c ten Doeschate b Harmer41101985040.59
c AN Cook b SJ Cook1525203060.00
Extras(b 8, lb 8)16
TOTAL82.3 Ov (RR: 3.13)259
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Alex Lees, 3.2 ov), 2-98 (Will Young, 27.3 ov), 3-104 (David Bedingham, 29.5 ov), 4-114 (Jack Burnham, 34.1 ov), 5-141 (Ned Eckersley, 41.3 ov), 6-143 (Scott Borthwick, 44.5 ov), 7-143 (Brydon Carse, 44.6 ov), 8-144 (Ben Raine, 47.6 ov), 9-238 (Matt Salisbury, 77.1 ov), 10-259 (Chris Rushworth, 82.3 ov)
3.2 to AZ Lees, lifts from a good length, angled across the left-hander, grazes the edge, and there's the breakthrough that Essex needed!. 11/1
34.1 to JTA Burnham, lovely delivery! Full length, angling in, nipping off the seam and bursting past an otherwise solid forward defence. Durham are starting to wobble, as the champions reassert their credentials!. 114/4
82.3 to C Rushworth, flashier outside off, a thick nick into the cordon, and there ends Durham's fun. What a morning for them!. 259/10
27.3 to WA Young, that's a very sharp take from Lawrence at leg slip. Young is right back on his stumps, flicking hard through the leg side, but straight into the fielder's breadbasket. A timely breakthrough for the flagging champions. 98/2
29.5 to DG Bedingham, that's a careless flog down the ground from Bedingham! Two steps to the pitch, attempting to clear long-on, but Westley steadies himself under the skier and pouches an important wicket. Just a hint of hope now for Essex as they chip away at the middle order. 104/3
41.3 to EJH Eckersley, attempts to pad it away, but the ball flicks up off the knee-roll, past his glove, and Cook trots back from slip to swallow a lobbed chance. 141/5
47.6 to BA Raine, leaning forward, propped to first slip... that's wicket No.18, of course it is! Harmer could yet have a five-for before the close of this nonsensical day!. 144/8
77.1 to MET Salisbury, A simple lobbed catch to short leg, and that's the end of the resistance. Harmer has five. 238/9
44.5 to SG Borthwick, 100 and out for Borthwick! He sinks to his knees in despair... that scuttled from Lawrence, went on with the arm and zipped past the pads as he played back fatally. The light is closing in fast now, that was almost a day-night dismissal with the floodlights gleaming, and it's given Essex a huge boost before the close!. 143/6
44.6 to BA Carse, It's all up for grabs now! Dip on a good length outside off, sharp turn into the off stump! Two in two, and now where's your money?. 143/7
Essex 2nd Innings 
b Rushworth415131026.66
c Burnham b Salisbury1237492032.43
c Bedingham b Carse381131676033.62
c Young b Carse7612315112061.78
c †Poynter b Carse771341888057.46
c & b Borthwick1622313072.72
c †Poynter b Borthwick610151060.00
lbw b Raine627331022.22
lbw b Carse521631964031.90
c †Poynter b Carse37761252048.68
not out 314210021.42
Extras(lb 3)3
TOTAL122.2 Ov (RR: 2.69)330
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Nick Browne, 2.6 ov), 2-19 (Alastair Cook, 12.1 ov), 3-122 (Tom Westley, 46.1 ov), 4-139 (Dan Lawrence, 50.5 ov), 5-164 (Ryan ten Doeschate, 57.6 ov), 6-180 (Adam Wheater, 61.5 ov), 7-208 (Simon Harmer, 69.3 ov), 8-266 (Paul Walter, 92.4 ov), 9-319 (Ben Allison, 118.4 ov), 10-330 (Sam Cook, 122.2 ov)
2.6 to NLJ Browne, loose drive, and Browne's middle stump goes walkabout! Round the wicket, shaping in, and Browne is kneeling into a wild front-foot offensive as he misses the ball by a distance. That's not a pretty contribution to Essex's cause.... 6/1
12.1 to AN Cook, full length, flicked off the toes, but straight to short midwicket! That's a hammer-blow for Essex's ambitions. Cook's scratchy start to the season continues, and their anchor-man has gone!. 19/2
69.3 to SR Harmer, half a stride across the crease and thumped on the knee-roll! Up goes the finger! Did he get outside the line ... barely... umpire's call if the live stream offered such things. Huge start!. 208/7
46.1 to T Westley, oh my, what a way to give it away! Westley is livid with himself, just a back-foot waft, nothing going for the shot whatsoever, and a low deflection to first slip. A huge breakthrough. 122/3
50.5 to DW Lawrence, hoisted down the throat of deep midwicket! Oh Dan! He can barely drag himself from the crease! He connected too well in the end, launching it hard and flat, where Will young stooped well to scoop up the chance! Durham are brawling now!. 139/4
92.4 to PI Walter, Nicks off at last! In the corridor, angled across the left-hander, finds the edge, good sharp take diving across from Poynter. Huge celebrations!. 266/8
118.4 to BMJ Allison, thumped on the pad and Allison has to go! The lengthy break has done him in... and off he troops. That was plumb, angled in on a full length, and feet going nowhere. Carse has his fourth in a quietly excellent display, and how vital is that breakthrough. 319/9
122.2 to SJ Cook, edged through to the keeper and Carse has his five-for! In the channel outside off, drawing Cook into a nibble he need not have taken. But a fine effort from Cook, who has equalled his career-best. Durham need a taxing 168 to win. 330/10
57.6 to RN ten Doeschate, an absolute screamer of a return catch! Borthwick flings himself across the pitch and plucks a beauty, as Tendo digs out a half-volley, nails it back down the track, but in the air all the way. Huge wicket! Essex are effectively 1 for 5!. 164/5
61.5 to AJA Wheater, ripper dipper! A perfect legspinner's dismissal, dropping on the batsman outside off, biting the pitch, nicking the edge, into the gloves! Durham are surging now!. 180/6
Durham 2nd Innings (T: 168 runs)
lbw b Porter0912000.00
b SJ Cook016000.00
lbw b Harmer241201702020.00
c Allison b SJ Cook1843483041.86
c Westley b Harmer43821065152.43
c Lawrence b Harmer1328422046.42
lbw b SJ Cook1560020.00
lbw b Harmer3560060.00
lbw b Harmer1523382065.21
b Porter220220010.00
not out 2470050.00
Extras(lb 2)2
TOTAL56.4 Ov (RR: 2.17)123
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Will Young, 1.1 ov), 2-0 (Alex Lees, 2.3 ov), 3-20 (David Bedingham, 14.4 ov), 4-83 (Jack Burnham, 41.6 ov), 5-87 (Scott Borthwick, 43.3 ov), 6-88 (Stuart Poynter, 44.3 ov), 7-91 (Ben Raine, 45.4 ov), 8-108 (Ned Eckersley, 51.1 ov), 9-121 (Brydon Carse, 55.2 ov), 10-123 (Matt Salisbury, 56.4 ov)
2.3 to AZ Lees, oh my, it's happening alright! Pinned on the pads once more, an identical line to the not-out in the previous over, jags across the pads after pitching on and around leg, and that would be slapping off stump! Both openers gone for nothing, and it's a different match now!. 0/2
56.4 to MET Salisbury, 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!. 123/10
1.1 to WA Young, he's only gone and left a straight one! Huge breakthrough for Cook. Comes back just enough on the angle to clobber the outside of the off stump. Now we've got a brawl!. 0/1
14.4 to DG Bedingham, outside off, oh my, that's a flimsy dismissal! A weak chop to point, and Bedingham's half-formed rebuild is done. The rest of the Durham team have managed one run between them.... 20/3
44.3 to SW Poynter, nip from a good length, back into the knee-roll, and the Eagles are flying! No getting away from that one, angle from the outset, targetting the top of off. Miss that if you dare!. 88/6
41.6 to JTA Burnham, on the back foot, and that's a careless wipe! Westley at long-on, steadies himself and pockets the opportunity! Burnham took one too many liberties in that over, and Essex have their incision!. 83/4
43.3 to SG Borthwick, smashed on the shins, and this time it's definitely out! Harmer is massively pumped by that one! A long way back, hit in front of leg, and now we've got a game on!. 87/5
45.4 to BA Raine, another one bites the dust! Harmer is soaring! A long pause while the umpire considers his options, but that is ultimately plumb. A deflection off the back pad, in front of off stump, and Durham are in a world of pain now!. 91/7
51.1 to EJH Eckersley, turning down the leg-side, and strangled to leg slip! Eckersley had been getting the measure of his innings, but he's beaten by the turn and bounce, straight into Lawrence's bread-basket. And that may well be curtains for the challengers!. 108/8
55.2 to BA Carse, 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!. 121/9
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Thu, 15 Apr - day 1 - Durham 1st innings 148/8 (Stuart Poynter 3*, Matt Salisbury 3*, 49 ov)
Fri, 16 Apr - day 2 - Essex 2nd innings 208/6 (Paul Walter 49*, Simon Harmer 6*, 69 ov)
Sat, 17 Apr - day 3 - Durham 2nd innings 60/3 (Scott Borthwick 9*, Jack Burnham 31*, 32 ov)
Sun, 18 Apr - day 4 - Durham 2nd innings 123 (56.4 ov) - end of match
  • Batting and Bowling points: Essex 3, Durham 5
County Ground, Chelmsford
TossEssex, elected to bat first
Match days15,16,17,18 April 2021 - day (4-day match)
Match Referee
PointsEssex 19, Durham 5
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