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

Simon Harmer delivers on final-day threat to hand Essex stunning turnaround against Durham

Spinner claims second five-for, ten wickets for the match, to see hosts home before lunch at Chelmsford

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Essex96/10(41.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Durham259/10(82.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Simon Harmer5/79(34)
Sam Cook3/57(20.3)
Essex330/10(122.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Paul Walter77 (134)
Dan Lawrence76 (123)
Brydon Carse5/82(27.2)
Durham123/10(56.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Simon Harmer5/57(24)
Sam Cook3/17(13)

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 Harmer24-8-57-5
Jamie Porter13-5-32-1
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 Porter13-5-32-1
Simon Harmer23-8-56-4
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

end of over 545 runs
DURH: 118/8CRR: 2.18 
Matt Salisbury0 (11)
Brydon Carse14 (20)
Simon Harmer23-8-56-4
Jamie Porter12-5-29-1
53.6
Harmer to Salisbury, no run

solid in defence on the back foot

53.5
Harmer to Salisbury, no run

pressed into the leg side, short leg gathers

53.4
Harmer to Salisbury, no run

leaning forward to block

53.3
1
Harmer to Carse, 1 run

round the wicket, firm push to cover

Match details
County Ground, Chelmsford
TossEssex, elected to bat first
SeriesCounty Championship
Season2021
Match days15,16,17,18 April 2021 - day(4-day match)
Umpires
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Billy Taylor
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Peter Hartley
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon
PointsEssex 19, Durham 5