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Porter hails Essex effort in win over Middlesex

PUBLISHED: 21:03 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:03 12 May 2017

Essex's Jamie Porter celebrates taking the wicket of Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex's Jamie Porter celebrates taking the wicket of Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bowlers impress in latest Royal London One-Day Cup win

Essex’s Jamie Porter was delighted to help Essex to a comfortably seven-wicket win over Middlesex in the Royal London One-Day Cup, but feels they can do better still.

Porter took List A best figures of 4-40 as Middlesex were dismissed for just 148 at Chelmsford, before Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 67 saw the home side to their target with 20 overs to spare.

But Porter said: “We had the better of the conditions there. The rain definitely livened it up a bit with a bit more zip. The moisture made it grip which suits me because I’m looking to hit the seam, so it definitely helped.

“But, honestly, I think we can all do a lot better with the ball and we’ll admit we didn’t bowl our best. But we managed to bowl the right balls at the right time and got crucial wickets at good times.”

Tall left-armer Paul Walter also returned his best figures for the county, taking 4-37, and Porter believes the 22-year-old can have a big role to play for Essex.

He added: “I haven’t bowled much with him, but he’s obviously a serious talent for us and he’s someone who’s very exciting to watch. Not only with his bowling, but he can whack it with the bat, too.

“Those two bowling performances [against Sussex and now Middlesex] were two match-winning performances for us. If he can keep that form up it’s going to be an exciting summer for him.”

On Sunday, Essex go to Somerset, the only team above them in the southern group, and Porter said: “To be five from six is almost as good as it comes. Yes, it’s a very important game, especially with Somerset and the form they are in.

“It’s very tight at the top and hopefully it will come down to showdown between us and them. If we beat them on Sunday that puts us in pole position to get that semi-final place.”

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