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WHAT THEY SAID: Essex v Lancashire, Day One reaction

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WHAT THEY SAID: Essex v Lancashire, Day One reaction

REACTION: Essex v Lancashire, Day One

See what players from both camps had to say at the end of Day One of the Specsavers County Championship clash between Essex and Lancashire at Chelmsford.

Essex Cricket

Simon Harmer finished with four for 44 and said: “The ball was turning a lot today, as much as it was turning for me towards the end of last season. If that is how we’re going to go at the start the season, then I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

“The wicket was a lot drier than we expected it was going to be with the amount of rain there was through the winter. The first outing at Chelmsford we thought there would still be quite a bit of moisture, but it was nice and dry and this weather is helping that. It’s been a good start to the season and a good fightback by us.

“They bowled well, we didn’t play too many bad shots and there weren’t too many soft dismissals. I didn’t think when we walked out to bat in the morning that we’d be rolled for 150. So it was extremely important that we came out and took wickets early. As usual Ports stood up and ripped open their batting order.

“We all knew the evening was going to be a massive session in the game. If they’d got a big lead it would have put us massively on the back foot in the game on a wicket that was seaming and spinning.

“It’s important that we go into the third innings level-pegging and get the two wickets quickly tomorrow morning. We don’t want them getting 50 0r 60 runs ahead. Then hopefully we can put our hands up in the fourth innings.”

 

Lancashire Cricket

Lancashire’s Graham Onions said: “They were quite decent conditions to bowl in and we put the4 ball in the right areas and both teams did it pretty well today. It’s going to be a big day tomorrow for us. We need to try and get as many runs as possible and then try and put them under pressure.

“I think potentially they could have been about 120 all out. They took the attack to us towards the end, and fair play to them.

“If we can bowl well second innings and try and keep them down to a similar score we feel we can chase that down. But if we don’t turn up tomorrow and try and score runs or put the ball in the right area we’re going to be in a position where we’re going to be chasing a rather big total. So we’ll try and put them under pressure as quickly as possible.

“We want to try and get as many as we can. One ahead is better than nothing. If we can push towards 20, 30, 40 runs that will be great. But we’re got to be realistic as well. Just play every ball on merit and try and put them under pressure.

“My mindset tomorrow will be to be positive without playing too many aggressive shots and try and block up an end for Jordan Clark. He’s a very good batter in his own right and if I can bat for 50-60 balls, even if I don’t score any runs, Jordan at the other end faces 50-60 he could be 70 not out. That’s my goal tomorrow.”

 

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