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County Corner: Essex enjoy decent start

PUBLISHED: 08:54 22 March 2012

Essex have started their new season at the County Ground (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Essex have started their new season at the County Ground (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Essex v Surrey (friendly); day two

Essex enjoyed a decent start to the new cricket season against Surrey yesterday.

Maurice Chambers struck early with the new ball at Chelmsford to dismiss Jason Roy and David Masters sent Arun Harinath, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard packing at the other end in a superb spell of 7-4-8-3.

Surrey recovered from 38-4 thanks to Matthew Spriegel and Tom Lancefield, who put on 51.

But Tymal Mills had Spriegel caught behind by captain James Foster, who held on to four catches, and Lancefield lost his off stump to Greg Smith on 41.

Rory Burns (44) and Stuart Meaker put on 57 in just 10 overs to lead Surrey to 179-6 before Chambers struck again.

And leg-spinner Tom Craddock nabbed a late brace as Surrey were all out for 212 in 56.4 overs, with Meaker three runs short of an unbeaten half-century.

Billy Godleman fell cheaply in Essex’s reply after putting on 37 with Tom Westley, who hit 10 boundaries in an entertaining innings of 48 before he was bowled by Jon Lewis.

Mark Pettini and Adam Wheater saw Essex to the close before bad light stopped play. They resume on 73-2 this morning.


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