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Essex draw positives thanks to ton-up Lawrence

PUBLISHED: 18:10 10 April 2017

Daniel Lawrence scored a superb century for Essex against Lancashire (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Daniel Lawrence scored a superb century for Essex against Lancashire (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex (159 & 316-6) drew with Lancashire (319 & 317-3 dec)

Dan Lawrence batted throughout the final day to post the fifth first-class century of his career and earn Essex a draw in their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One match of the season.

It was a result that had looked beyond them for much of the four days at Chelmsford, after Lancashire set the hosts an improbable 478 to win and they had to bat through four sessions plus seven overs to save the game and deny the visitors a first win in 12 matches.

That they did so was largely down to a mature innings from the 19-year-old Lawrence, a player tipped for England honours in the not-too-distant future. He did his case no harm here.

awrence was out in the middle for all but the first 21 overs of Essex’s second innings, having come in at the fall of Varun Chopra’s wicket the previous evening when Essex had slumped to 52 for two, still 425 short of the target.

An obdurate third-wicket partnership of 135 with Tom Westley set the tone for the day and when Westley’s tenacious 190-ball innings ended half-an-hour after lunch, Essex had used up 58 valuable overs and the impossible had become possible.

However, his departure heralded a mini-collapse that was only steadied when Ryan ten Doeschate came in and helped Lawrence put on 102 for the sixth wicket.

Lawrence finished unbeaten on 141, having batted for 333 balls and hitting 18 boundaries.

Despite having Jimmy Anderson in their armoury, Lancashire were unable to repeat their first-innings domination with the ball when they needed just 66 overs to skittle Essex for 159. They remained optimistic right until hands were shaken at 6.01pm with two balls remaining.

Westley and Lawrence had taken a risk-free approach from the start of a morning session during which they added 73 runs in 32 overs and both brought up their half-centuries.

Lawrence, having given Westley a 20-ball start, was first to fifty. A gentle push off Stephen Parry into the covers, brought the single from the 125th ball he had faced. At that point he had hit seven fours.

Westley followed shortly before the interval when he crashed Jordan Clark through the covers for his fifth four of an innings that had spanned 163 balls to that point. It also brought up the century partnership in 48 overs.

Runs had not come easily in the first hour with Anderson in particularly parsimonious mood. His first six overs of the day went for just two runs.

When Lawrence pulled him through mid-wicket for four he kicked out at the ground in frustration. His initial eight-over spell, before the stand-in captain took himself off, cost just nine runs with five maidens.

The batsmen were parted when Stephen Parry was switched to the Hayes Close End for the first time in the match and worked one through Westley’s defences to knock off the bails. Westley’s 61 included six fours.

The new ball was taken soon after and Kyle Jarvis used it to good effect, striking twice in the space of seven deliveries.

His ninth ball accounted for Ravi Bopara, caught behind playing tentatively forward for four.

And in his next over, Adam Wheater hammered a wide half-volley just inches off the ground straight to Haseeb Hameed at cover to depart for a second successive innings of one.

Fortunately for Essex, Lawrence continued to show remarkable restraint and was duly rewarded when he flicked Anderson’s first ball of a new spell off his hip for two through square leg to reach a 216-ball century.

Clark strayed down the leg side twice in successive deliveries and Lawrence glanced them away to the boundary as he ground out a second century stand of the innings, this one with ten Doeschate.

Lawrence drove Parry through the covers for the boundary that took the pair through the three-figure mark in 35 overs

Ten Doeschate took his cue from the youngster, but when he was lbw for 41 to give Parry his sixth wicket of the game, Essex still had 10.5 overs to negotiate in deteriorating conditions with the floodlights on.

Simon Harmer helped them get to the close, but it was all about that man Lawrence.

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