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REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day One

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day One

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day One

Take a look at the reaction from Day One of Lancashire’s opening Specsavers County Championship fixture against Essex CCC at Chelmsford.

Lancashire got their season off to a positive start posting a first innings score of 319 and got two quick wickets at the end of the day to leave Essex with 39-2 at the end of Day One.
Take a look at what the players said at the end of the day.

Lancashire CCC new signing, Dane Vilas

On Day One

“We are slightly disappointed we wanted to get more with first innings, obviously we chose to bat, but we are really happy with how it finished, we got two wickets, and I think the momentum is with us and it should be a good start to tomorrow morning.”

On his debut score of 74

“As a newcomer you obviously want to get that first run out of the way, so I was happy to get my Lancs account started and to get a nice score is great, I am happy for myself and to be there for the team. It will be nice to get a few more.”

On Day Two

“We have a strong bowling line up and the way the boys have been bowling in training, in the warm up game, and even here tonight I think it is going to be a good day tomorrow for us. I think 300 is decent and I know we have got the quality bowlers who can hopefully skittle them out [tomorrow].”

Former Lancashire CCC player, Neil Wagner

Essex’s former Lancashire paceman Neil Wagner said: “It was tough graft out there today. It was a pretty unresponsive wicket. It was quite good batting conditions with no cloud or moisture in the air and not much swing. They played very well. We had them under pressure at some parts of the game and let it slip a little bit. They got a couple of valuable partnerships towards the end.

“It was a wicket where if you gave yourself time it will work for you and Dane Vilas showed that. Once you got in and set on the wicket you could score freely and for long periods of time. There were a lot of boundaries from half-shots and a lot of outside half of the bat that didn’t carry to the slips.”

Wagner was impressed by Essex’s young bowlers Aaron Beard and Jamie Porter, who he was seeing for the first time.

Of Porter’s ball that removed Haseeb Hameed, he said: “It was an outstanding delivery. He is a batsman who leaves the ball really well and makes good decisions. But he but left one that you walk off the field and you have to say, ‘It was a pretty good ball’.

“Aaron is an outstanding prospect for Essex. I am very excited watching him bowl. I love working with him, he’s a good kid. He’s still young and the talent and ability he’s got at the moment is something to be very excited about. I love the way he runs in. He’s only 19 years old, he’s got a lot of cricket left in him.”

Lancashire rising star, Haseeb Hameed

Lancashire’s England opener Haseeb Hameed was playing after injuring a hand against Cambridge this week. He said: “The finger is fine now. It felt almost back to normal today.
“It was a bit of a freak incident last week, injuring it in the warm-up and it was quite painful when I batted. We made the right decision in getting it checked out and thankfully it was all OK.

“It was the same finger I injured before. I was doing some short-leg practice and trapped it between ball and turf. It swelled up quite a lot and became painful.

“The surgeon has suggested that when there is a bit of time off it might be worth having surgery to take the plate in the finger out.”

Of the summer ahead, Hameed said: “I’m looking at the season in very small packages at the moment. I think it is important for me to just look at the very near future. We’ve got some important games coming up for Lancs and there is a lot of games to be played for Lancs hopefully before the Test series. I’m very much focused on doing my best for Lancashire.”

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