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!
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"
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!
open face once more, down to third man
cracked to mid-off on the front foot
pushed into the covers
outside off, through to the keeper
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!
firmly forward, pushed to the on side
outside off, head over the ball, through to the keeper. Close to the edge again
back of a length, a belligerent swing across the line, but connects with thin air
open face again, and skims past the outside edge!
hard thump off the back foot, out to deep cover
blotted with an open face to third man
solid in defence on the back foot
pressed into the leg side, short leg gathers
leaning forward to block
round the wicket, firm push to cover