County Championship: Four wickets from Jamie Porter helps Essex against Leicestershire
PUBLISHED: 18:47 23 August 2016 | UPDATED: 18:47 23 August 2016
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A round-up of the action on day one of the Division Two clash between Essex and Leicestershire
Four wickets from Jamie Porter helped Essex just shade day one of their County Championship Division Two clash at Leicestershire.
Porter struck early on in the Leicestershire innings, trapping Paul Horton leg before wicket for just one run in the first over.
The former Fives & Heronians seamer then dismissed Neil Dexter by the same method for a duck with his next ball, but sadly was unable to capture a hat-trick with the Foxes 6-2 after the first over.
From there, the hosts settled slightly, as opener Angus Robson and Mark Cosgrove put on 129 for the third wicket.
Graham Napier, though, brought an end to that partnership by bowling Robson, who departed for 50.
Robson was soon followed into the pavilion by former Essex batsman Mark Pettini, who could only score seven before David Masters claimed his wicket.
Enduring something of a mini-collpase, Leicestershire were then 155-5 after Cosgrove’s innings came to an end, bowled by Will Rhodes for 71.
Tom Westley then removed Ned Eckersley for 11 in his first over as the Eagles continued to pile the pressure on their hosts.
Porter took his third wicket of the innings after tea as he dismissed Ben Raine for seven with James Foster taking the catch behind the stumps, with the Foxes 191-7.
Ravi Bopara then removed Lewis Hill for 36 who was another trapped leg before, while Richard Jones drove a Napier delivery straight at Ryan ten Doeschate to depart for 11 and leave Leicestershire nine-down.
Porter then returned to take the final wicket, bowling Dieter Klein for 15, as Leicestershire were dismissed for 238.
But Essex suffered a blow early in their reply as England Test captain Alistair Cook was clean bowled by a swinging yorker from Klein for only four runs.
That brought Porter to the crease as nightwatchman, but he was unable to trouble the scorers before edging a Klein delivery to Eckersley behind the stumps as the visitors closed on 13-2.