Hampshire v Essex: It’s so frustrating says Porter
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 April 2018
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Essex bowler Jamie Porter admits the county champions are feeling frustrated after seeing so much of their match at Hampshire hit by the weather.
The hosts have reached 241-4 in their first innings, but only 88 overs of play have been possible in three days.
Porter and Peter Siddle (2-48) had success on Sunday to dismiss Jimmy Adams (87) and Hashim Amla (52) but bad light in the afternoon session ended any hopes of further play.
Porter said: “It has been frustrating. We had four days of no play up in Yorkshire and we have barely had the equivalent of a day’s play here.
“But that is what happens this time of year and you need to just get on with it.
“It offered a little this morning, probably a little more than the last few days, and I though me and ‘Sidz’ bowled pretty well.
“‘Sidz’ got the ball into decent areas and got the ball to talk.
“We can’t look too far ahead, we will turn up as if we are going to play and if we play we will try to get two more wickets and get as many bonus points as we can.”
Hampshire batsman Adams added: ““It was a hard slog. It was possible to score when they missed but the ball was still offering something when it was 70 overs old. It always felt like there was something in it.
“I was happy how it went personally and Hash batted beautifully but it is frustrating in the sense we were probably on our way to a well above par score.
“There have certainly been times when it has been dark but yesterday (Saturday) we probably came off when it wasn’t quite so dark and that is unfortunately when the umpires took the reading.
“It certainly went through a dark period and it has been frustrating.
“Whether we could have pushed for anything else in the game other than a draw and bonus points, I don’t know, but the forecast isn’t great.
“I have been tinkering with my stance in the winter. I certainly wouldn’t tell my kids to bat like me!
“Some of it is for ease of comfort and getting two eyes to the ball. Not much has changed when the ball is released.”