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REACTION: Lancashire v Essex, Day One

REACTION: Lancashire v Essex, Day One

What they said: Lancashire v Essex, Day One

See what players from both camps said about the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship between Lancashire and Essex at Emirates Old Trafford, which saw the Red Rose finish the day on 297-9.

Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark said:

"At 50-odd for five, to be just short of 300 nine down is a good recovery. If we can try and grind out 30 or 40 more runs in the morning before we have a go at Essex, I think it would put us in a decent position.

"The pitch was doing a bit more this morning than it was when I came in. It was just about getting myself in the right frame of mind and working out the best tactics.

"It helped with the way I play, being positive.

"It was quite hard to go into survival mode (with five wickets down) because, at the end of the day, you are there to score runs. You have to back yourself. Me being positive was the best tactic.

"Shiv's good fun to bat with. He doesn't offer a lot. But he's quite focused, which helps me.

"I think it is a good pitch to bat on, especially when you see off the new ball. There were a few balls that did quite a bit, so there could be a few demons in it later on - day three, day four. That emphasises the importance of spending time at the crease now."

Essex seamer Sam Cook said:

"We're pleased with the way we bowled. I thought Jamie Porter bowled superbly in the first session, and we might even have had a couple more wickets. Batting became easier once the ball got softer, and they probably ended up with a few more runs than we'd have liked. It looks a good wicket.

"I'm satisfied with my own form. I felt I bowled well in the Royal London Cup, and I've been able to transfer it over to here."

 

 
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