• BATSMEN
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    0.3 dangled outside off, a fat inside edge, and Browne's leg stump goes cartwheeling! Big start for Durham! 0/1
    6.2 full length from round the wicket, nipping back a fraction, and thumped flush on the knee-roll! No escaping the finger of doom! Essex are in some serious strife already! 15/3
    3.6 flashy drive, feet not yet to the pitch of the ball, a loose edge through to the keeper! Early drama for the Champions 7/2
    28.6 cleaned him up! That's a vast breakthrough, game-changing even. While Lawrence was in situ, Essex had designs on a rebuild, but Salisbury has ripped one through his defences, straightening from a perfect length, skimming past the outside edge, and trimming the bails to wreck the hopes a bemused batsman! 74/7
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    18
    30
    1
    0
    38.88
    13.1 Carse strikes with his loosener! back of a length, outside off, and chopped onto the stumps! Walter can't believe what he's done there... that was there to be walloped but he got greedy, a sign of the pressure Essex are under, and that's the fourth wicket gone in the blink of an eye! 32/4
    13.4 banged in short, but Tendo's left his periscope up! Carse flicks the toe of his bat as it fizzes through, it deflects sharply to third slip, and Essex are five-down! 36/5
    27.1 dangles the bat on a good length outside off, a fat deflection to second slip, and Essex are back in the mire immediately after lunch! 74/6
    31.5 another jab of the bat outside off, back of a length from Raine, but no foot movement on display. A low edge loops into the cordon to first slip. Harmer's gone for a duck! 76/8
    38.2 straightens once more on middle-and-off, nibbles the edge, and Allison has to go! A simple take for Poynter, and this innings is nearing its end-game 82/9
    41.3 that's a savage way to end things! A vicious bouncer, flapped off the grille, lobbed high into the cordon and easily swallowed. That is a humbling for the champions, and what a chance for Durham now! 96/9
    not out
    1
    12
    14
    0
    0
    8.33
    Extras
    5 (lb 1, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    96 all out (41.3 Overs, RR: 2.31)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Nick Browne, 0.3 ov), 2-7 (Tom Westley, 3.6 ov), 3-15 (Alastair Cook, 6.2 ov), 4-32 (Paul Walter, 13.1 ov), 5-36 (Ryan ten Doeschate, 13.4 ov), 6-74 (Adam Wheater, 27.1 ov), 7-74 (Dan Lawrence, 28.6 ov), 8-76 (Simon Harmer, 31.5 ov), 9-82 (Ben Allison, 38.2 ov), 10-96 (Sam Cook, 41.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    C Rushworth1181331.1800
    MET Salisbury1142522.2700
    BA Raine1252021.6600
    BA Carse7.313734.9302
  • BATSMEN
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    3.2 lifts from a good length, angled across the left-hander, grazes the edge, and there's the breakthrough that Essex needed! 11/1
    27.3 that's a very sharp take from Lawrence at leg slip. Young is right back on his stumps, flicking hard through the leg side, but straight into the fielder's breadbasket. A timely breakthrough for the flagging champions 98/2
    44.5 100 and out for Borthwick! He sinks to his knees in despair... that scuttled from Lawrence, went on with the arm and zipped past the pads as he played back fatally. The light is closing in fast now, that was almost a day-night dismissal with the floodlights gleaming, and it's given Essex a huge boost before the close! 143/6
    29.5 that's a careless flog down the ground from Bedingham! Two steps to the pitch, attempting to clear long-on, but Westley steadies himself under the skier and pouches an important wicket. Just a hint of hope now for Essex as they chip away at the middle order 104/3
    34.1 lovely delivery! Full length, angling in, nipping off the seam and bursting past an otherwise solid forward defence. Durham are starting to wobble, as the champions reassert their credentials! 114/4
    41.3 attempts to pad it away, but the ball flicks up off the knee-roll, past his glove, and Cook trots back from slip to swallow a lobbed chance 141/5
    not out
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    102
    143
    6
    0
    50.98
    44.6 It's all up for grabs now! Dip on a good length outside off, sharp turn into the off stump! Two in two, and now where's your money? 143/7
    47.6 leaning forward, propped to first slip... that's wicket No.18, of course it is! Harmer could yet have a five-for before the close of this nonsensical day! 144/8
    77.1 A simple lobbed catch to short leg, and that's the end of the resistance. Harmer has five 238/9
    82.3 flashier outside off, a thick nick into the cordon, and there ends Durham's fun. What a morning for them! 259/9
    Extras
    16 (b 8, lb 8)
    TOTAL
    259 all out (82.3 Overs, RR: 3.13)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Alex Lees, 3.2 ov), 2-98 (Will Young, 27.3 ov), 3-104 (David Bedingham, 29.5 ov), 4-114 (Jack Burnham, 34.1 ov), 5-141 (Ned Eckersley, 41.3 ov), 6-143 (Scott Borthwick, 44.5 ov), 7-143 (Brydon Carse, 44.6 ov), 8-144 (Ben Raine, 47.6 ov), 9-238 (Matt Salisbury, 77.1 ov), 10-259 (Chris Rushworth, 82.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JA Porter1525903.9300
    SJ Cook20.365732.7800
    BMJ Allison602003.3300
    SR Harmer34127952.3200
    DW Lawrence712824.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    2.6 loose drive, and Browne's middle stump goes walkabout! Round the wicket, shaping in, and Browne is kneeling into a wild front-foot offensive as he misses the ball by a distance. That's not a pretty contribution to Essex's cause... 6/1
    12.1 full length, flicked off the toes, but straight to short midwicket! That's a hammer-blow for Essex's ambitions. Cook's scratchy start to the season continues, and their anchor-man has gone! 19/2
    46.1 oh my, what a way to give it away! Westley is livid with himself, just a back-foot waft, nothing going for the shot whatsoever, and a low deflection to first slip. A huge breakthrough 122/3
    50.5 hoisted down the throat of deep midwicket! Oh Dan! He can barely drag himself from the crease! He connected too well in the end, launching it hard and flat, where Will young stooped well to scoop up the chance! Durham are brawling now! 139/4
    92.4 Nicks off at last! In the corridor, angled across the left-hander, finds the edge, good sharp take diving across from Poynter. Huge celebrations! 266/8
    57.6 an absolute screamer of a return catch! Borthwick flings himself across the pitch and plucks a beauty, as Tendo digs out a half-volley, nails it back down the track, but in the air all the way. Huge wicket! Essex are effectively 1 for 5! 164/5
    61.5 ripper dipper! A perfect legspinner's dismissal, dropping on the batsman outside off, biting the pitch, nicking the edge, into the gloves! Durham are surging now! 180/6
    69.3 half a stride across the crease and thumped on the knee-roll! Up goes the finger! Did he get outside the line ... barely... umpire's call if the live stream offered such things. Huge start! 208/7
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    163
    196
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    0
    31.90
    118.4 thumped on the pad and Allison has to go! The lengthy break has done him in... and off he troops. That was plumb, angled in on a full length, and feet going nowhere. Carse has his fourth in a quietly excellent display, and how vital is that breakthrough 319/9
    122.2 edged through to the keeper and Carse has his five-for! In the channel outside off, drawing Cook into a nibble he need not have taken. But a fine effort from Cook, who has equalled his career-best. Durham need a taxing 168 to win 330/10
    not out
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    14
    21
    0
    0
    21.42
    Extras
    3 (lb 3)
    TOTAL
    330 all out (122.2 Overs, RR: 2.69)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Nick Browne, 2.6 ov), 2-19 (Alastair Cook, 12.1 ov), 3-122 (Tom Westley, 46.1 ov), 4-139 (Dan Lawrence, 50.5 ov), 5-164 (Ryan ten Doeschate, 57.6 ov), 6-180 (Adam Wheater, 61.5 ov), 7-208 (Simon Harmer, 69.3 ov), 8-266 (Paul Walter, 92.4 ov), 9-319 (Ben Allison, 118.4 ov), 10-330 (Sam Cook, 122.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    C Rushworth2455512.2900
    MET Salisbury2776712.4800
    BA Raine2576712.6800
    BA Carse27.238253.0000
    SG Borthwick1715223.0500
    EJH Eckersley20402.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    2.3 oh my, it's happening alright! Pinned on the pads once more, an identical line to the not-out in the previous over, jags across the pads after pitching on and around leg, and that would be slapping off stump! Both openers gone for nothing, and it's a different match now! 0/2
    1.1 he's only gone and left a straight one! Huge breakthrough for Cook. Comes back just enough on the angle to clobber the outside of the off stump. Now we've got a brawl! 0/1
    43.3 smashed on the shins, and this time it's definitely out! Harmer is massively pumped by that one! A long way back, hit in front of leg, and now we've got a game on! 87/5
    14.4 outside off, oh my, that's a flimsy dismissal! A weak chop to point, and Bedingham's half-formed rebuild is done. The rest of the Durham team have managed one run between them... 20/3
    41.6 on the back foot, and that's a careless wipe! Westley at long-on, steadies himself and pockets the opportunity! Burnham took one too many liberties in that over, and Essex have their incision! 83/4
    51.1 turning down the leg-side, and strangled to leg slip! Eckersley had been getting the measure of his innings, but he's beaten by the turn and bounce, straight into Lawrence's bread-basket. And that may well be curtains for the challengers! 108/8
    44.3 nip from a good length, back into the knee-roll, and the Eagles are flying! No getting away from that one, angle from the outset, targetting the top of off. Miss that if you dare! 88/6
    45.4 another one bites the dust! Harmer is soaring! A long pause while the umpire considers his options, but that is ultimately plumb. A deflection off the back pad, in front of off stump, and Durham are in a world of pain now! 91/7
    55.2 ten in the match for Harmer! Straightens on an off-stump line, and thumps the knee-roll... was Carse playing a stroke? Potentially not, it was very pad-first, and the umpire sends him on his way! It's almost done now! 121/9
    56.4 middle stump splattered and it's all over at the Fortress! What a sensational session from the champions, they've turned this contest upside-down with such panache! A deflection off the pad, out comes the timber, and Essex are up and running for the season! 123/9
    not out
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    4
    7
    0
    0
    50.00
    Extras
    2 (lb 2)
    TOTAL
    123 all out (56.4 Overs, RR: 2.17)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Will Young, 1.1 ov), 2-0 (Alex Lees, 2.3 ov), 3-20 (David Bedingham, 14.4 ov), 4-83 (Jack Burnham, 41.6 ov), 5-87 (Scott Borthwick, 43.3 ov), 6-88 (Stuart Poynter, 44.3 ov), 7-91 (Ben Raine, 45.4 ov), 8-108 (Ned Eckersley, 51.1 ov), 9-121 (Brydon Carse, 55.2 ov), 10-123 (Matt Salisbury, 56.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JA Porter13.453322.4100
    SJ Cook1361731.3000
    SR Harmer2485752.3700
    BMJ Allison51701.4000
    DW Lawrence10707.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 15 Apr - day 1 - Durham 1st innings 148/8 (SW Poynter 3*, MET Salisbury 3*, 49 ov)
  • Fri, 16 Apr - day 2 - Essex 2nd innings 208/6 (PI Walter 49*, SR Harmer 6*, 69 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Apr - day 3 - Durham 2nd innings 60/3 (SG Borthwick 9*, JTA Burnham 31*, 32 ov)
  • Sun, 18 Apr - day 4 - Durham 2nd innings 123 (56.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Durham 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0AZ LeesWA Young
2nd0SG BorthwickAZ Lees
3rd20SG BorthwickDG Bedingham
4th63SG BorthwickJTA Burnham
5th4EJH EckersleySG Borthwick
6th1EJH EckersleySW Poynter
7th3EJH EckersleyBA Raine
8th17EJH EckersleyBA Carse
9th13MET SalisburyBA Carse
10th2C RushworthMET Salisbury