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REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Four

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Four

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Four

Check out reaction from the players following Lancashire’s draw against Essex in the Specsavers County Championship opener at Chelmsford.

Lancashire, who were looking to start the season with a victory after Alex Davies and Dane Vilas helped Lancashire to a combined innings score of 636, struggled to break down a defiant Essex on the final day of the opening fixture.

Take a look at the reaction from the players below:

Lancashire CCC bowler, James Anderson

Of Lawrence’s knock, Lancashire’s stand-in captain Jimmy Anderson said: “He played well. He played exactly as you should do on that pitch – he played straight and got away with an edge early on in his innings on nought but that can happen and he made the most of it.

“He’s clearly got a good temperament to bat the way he did today and steer his team home to the draw. As a 19-year-old he’s still got a long way to go.

“The first couple of days there was a bit in the pitch but it just got dried out and slower and slower as the game went on so it was pretty difficult today to try and winkle out eight wickets. It’s frustrating but all credit to Essex, I thought they played brilliantly today. We bowled as well as we could to try to win the game but couldn’t quite get over the line.”

Anderson misses Lancashire’s next match against Surrey at The Oval, but was happy his shoulder stood up to the test at Chelmsford. He said: “It’s all good. I’m happy the amount I’ve bowled – I’ve got through a lot of overs and the ball came out nicely. I was a bit rusty in parts but the speed felt good so I’m happy. I’ll be back for the Somerset game.”

As for leading the team in the absence of the injured Steven Croft, who will undergo a scan later this week on his thumb, Anderson added: “Did I enjoy it? Not really, no. If we’d have won the game I’d have said yes. Of course, I love doing it but it’s difficult when you’re trying to bowl a side out on a flat wicket. You’re always thinking if you can do something different.

“I was asking for advice all the time from the senior players in our team. But I’m not sure I’m cut out for it because I feel knackered now bowling and trying to captain as well – it’s pretty tough!”

Essex CCC batsman, Dan Lawrence

Dan Lawrence batted for seven hours and seven minutes for his match-saving 141 not out for Essex.

He said: “It’s the favourite of my five centuries because I managed to bat all day and get the team out of a hole. I didn’t do it all alone, there were fantastic efforts from the other boys. Tom Westley played beautifully at the start of the day. The skipper came in and played fantastically well. And then Simon Harmer at the end, with a bit of pressure on him, played wonderfully as well.

“But I think it is quite important not to celebrate a draw. We had our backs up against the walls, it was a tough first three days, and it took a lot of character today from the boys to fight through and get a draw. Personally, it is very satisfying, but we will look to push on and get a win next week at Taunton.”

Lawrence had a battle with Jimmy Anderson, England’s top wicket-taker of all time. He said: “There were a few words of encouragement from Jimmy! No, he didn’t have much to say, to be fair. They were trying to get me out as hard as they could and I was trying to survive.

“They have a fantastic bowling attack so we knew if myself or Tom or Ryan got out they were going to lump on loads of pressure. So it was important to concentrate all through the day and I had a lot of help throughout and it was fantastic.”

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