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REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Two

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Two

REACTION: Essex CCC v Lancashire CCC Day Two

Take a look at reaction from Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship fixture between Essex CCC and Lancashire CCC at Chelmsford.

Lancashire, who got off to a positive start of Day One, further tightened their grip on the game - giving the hosts a rude awakening to the tough competition in Division One.

After Lancashire bowled Essex out for just 159, the Red Rose batsmen got to work with Alex Davies (50) and Haseeb Hameed (45) developing a formidable partnership, before Haseeb was caught by Wheater following a fine delivery from Beard.

Lancashire finished the day 114-1, 274 runs ahead of Essex.

Lancashire bowler, Stephen Parry

Stephen Parry praised Lancashire’s new-ball pair Jimmy Anderson and Kyle Jarvis for the way they contained Essex at the start of day two. “The lads set the tone this morning with 58 runs from 30 overs. The way Jimmy and Jarv bowled up front created a lot of pressure and put them on the back foot.

“But then there’s probably more pressure on you because you’re thinking, ‘they’ve gone for one an over, I’ve got to start my spell now’. But it’s a team game and we try and bowl as a unit. We lost our way a little bit, but from straight after lunch I thought we were excellent and our discipline was good.”

Parry has been primarily a white-ball bowler of late and didn’t make a Championship appearance last season. He joked: “I might not be here tomorrow, I might swell up from an allergic reaction from playing in whites again! I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve been waiting for a long time.

“I manged to get the nod ahead of Keggsy [Simon Kerrigan] – I’d imagine he will be trying to get back in and that’s really healthy because I’ve been trying to get in for years. He’s a good bowler and I’m sure he’ll be back around it as the season goes on.

“I’ve got nowt to lose and everything to gain. If he hadn’t gone my way today I still had a second innings. I’m taking each game as it comes and really enjoying it. I’ve had a nice start and I need to build on that now. I’ve played enough cricket now to realise you can’t take anything for granted, you have to keep working hard.”

Essex CCC head coach, Chris Silverwood

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood admitted: “It is a bit of a wake-up call but you have to live experiences and go through them. You can talk all you want but until you are out there facing Anderson and the rest of the bowlers, or have the ball in your hand and Hameed is out facing you, an England opening batsman – you’ve got to live it to learn.

“The important thing for me is we take the lessons and learn quickly. There are a lot of positives going on but we need to string them all together now.”

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