County Championship Division Two: Essex bowlers strike back on day two of clash with Sussex
PUBLISHED: 18:47 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 18:47 05 August 2016
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A round-up of the action from the second day’s play at Castle Park
Essex endured a mixed second day of their County Championship Division Two clash with Sussex at Castle Park.
The Eagles resumed the day on 337-6 in their first innings, but saw Ashar Zaidi depart for 12 shortly into the first sessions.
Nightwatchman Jamie Porter soon followed Zaidi to the pavilion, going for four with the hosts 348-8.
The Eagles were in danger of letting a good position slip, with the dismissal of David Masters for a solitary run adding to their woes.
Hornchurch’s Tom Moore was then bowled for a duck as Essex were all out for 358, securing four batting points, but knowing their score could have been much higher.
Essex’s bowling attack struggled in reply, with the Sussex opening duo of Chris Nash and Ed Joyce putting on 124 for the first wicket.
Masters put an end to that stand with James Foster taking a catch low down behind the stumps after Nash had nicked the ball, going for 35.
Graham Napier then followed that up by nabbing a wicket too as Porter caught Luke Wells for a duck at deep fine leg with the visitors 124-2.
Porter then got in on the act with a third wicket in quick succession for Essex after Joyce (92) had found Moore at deep fine leg.
With their tails up, the Eagles continued to make inroads and Moore continued the trend of catchers taking wickets, removing David Wiese for 13 thanks to Nick Browne taking the ball at first slip.
Napier ensured Essex continued well in the first over after tea, drawing Ben Brown to chip the ball to Tom Moore at mid-on with Sussex 169-5.
Masters then again teamed up with Foster, this time to remove Luke Wright for 16, but from there they struggled once more.
Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer both hit half centuries for the Sharks in a century stand and remained unbeaten until the close of play, finishing on 292-6, trailing by 66.