Search

Warwickshire v Essex: Bowlers on top for leaders

PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 September 2017

Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Essex’s leading wicket-takers Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer plundered four more apiece as the Division One leaders dominated bottom-of-the-table Warwickshire on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Porter took 4-62 and Harmer 4-47, taking their season’s haul to 61 and 59 respectively, as the home side was bowled out for 201.

Only opener Dom Sibley, last out for 76 (183 balls, nine fours), showed the necessary resolve and technique against aggressive, accurate bowling which was rewarded by seven lbw dismissals.

Essex reached 69 without loss at the close of the first day of a match which could conclude with them crowned champions and their opponents consigned to relegation.

The last time Essex visited Edgbaston in the championship, in August 2010, a seven-wicket defeat condemned them to the drop. This time a much happier outcome is in prospect.

Essex took up the option to bowl at a brittle Bears batting unit and Porter soon inflicted damage in a superb opening spell of 7-3-15-2.

The 24-year-old trapped Sam Hain and Jonathan Trott lbw to leave the home side tottering on 12-2 and would also have had Sibley, on just two, but Harmer grassed the chance at second slip.

Sibley enjoyed good fortune early on but applied himself diligently to the anchor role while partners came and went.

The opener added 46 in 16 overs with Ian Bell, 52 in 19 with Matt Lamb and 43 in 15 with Chris Woakes.

Bell (37, 52 balls), averaging just 22.89 in the championship this season, batted with returning fluency but fell lbw to Neil Wagner.

Not for the first time this season, Lamb (32, 64 balls) got out just as he had got in, this time edging Sam Cook to the wicketkeeper.

Woakes (22, 52) was pinned lbw on the back foot by Harmer and Essex then truly took control with three wickets in the last 15 balls before tea - all lbw.

Alex Mellor inexplicably left a straight one from Harmer, Porter returned to oust Keith Barker for a duck and Harmer defeated fellow-spinner Patel.

From 187-8 at tea, Warwickshire soon lost debutant Henry Brookes, bowled by Harmer, before the gallant Sibley at least took them to a batting point before edging a big drive at Porter.

Essex then completed pretty much the perfect day as openers Varun Chopra and Nick Browne made largely untroubled progress to the close.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

10:00

Daggers came from behind to beat Bostik Premier outfit 3-1 on Saturday

07:46

Ardleigh Green were brought back to earth in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three by defeat at Benfleet.

Yesterday, 16:00

Hutton maintained their hold on top spot in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One after a high-scoring contest with Hainault & Clayhall.

Yesterday, 14:00

Brentwood slipped to a three-wicket defeat at defending Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford at Chelmer Park.

Yesterday, 12:00

Shenfield claimed a much-needed win over Ilford in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

Yesterday, 09:15

Essex’s Ravi Bopara revealed his disappointment after being run out from the last ball of their Vitality Blast T20 match with Hampshire, which ended in a tie.

Yesterday, 08:15

Essex’s Ravi Bopara was run out from the last ball of their Vitality Blast match against Hampshire at Chelmsford which ended in a tie on Saturday night.

Yesterday, 08:00

iHarold Wood returned to wnning ways in SHepherd Neame Essex League Division One with success at Woodford Wells, who remain bottom of the table.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now