County Corner: Essex draw positives

PUBLISHED: 10:44 23 March 2012

Maurice Chambers of Essex celebrates the wicket of Surrey's Tom Maynard (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Maurice Chambers of Essex celebrates the wicket of Surrey's Tom Maynard (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Surrey hold on in friendly

Essex held the upper hand as their two-day friendly with Surrey ended in a draw at Chelmsford.

Having dismissed the visitors for 212 on the first day and reached 79-2 by the close, Essex produced a strong morning session on day two.

The home side scored 149 runs inside 32 overs to reach lunch at 228-6, a lead of 16, after Jaik Mickleburgh (29) and Mark Pettini (28) shared a half-century stand and Adam Wheater (36) and newcomer Greg Smith (41) added another 61 in only nine overs.

Captain James Foster was trapped in front of his stumps by England’s Jade Dernbach for 30 as Essex used up their allotted 81 overs to reach 282-9.

And devastating new-ball spells from Maurice Chambers and David Masters, who produced plenty of swing, reduced Surrey to a perilous 16-5 at tea.

Chambers had Arun Harinath caught behind by Foster and, two balls later, sent Rory Hamilton-Brown packing as Tom Westley held on at second slip.

Masters had Jason Roy caught by Pettini, then pinned Matthew Spriegel leg before before Chambers picked up his third scalp as Tom Maynard skied a catch to Graham Napier to make it five wickets in just 15 balls.

Tom Lancefield and Rory Burns steadied the Surrey ship after the restart, sharing 31 runs in 20 overs before Tymal Mills struck.

And Lancefield had support from Stuart Meaker in a 38-minute seventh-wicket stand as Surrey limped to the close at 77-6.

Essex, nonetheless, will have gained plenty of confidence ahead of their one-day friendly with Middlesex on Monday (11am).

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