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REACTION: Lancashire v Essex, Day Three

REACTION: Lancashire v Essex, Day Three

What they said: Lancashire v Essex, Day Three

See what both camps had to say at the end of Day Three which saw Lancashire defeated by 5 wickets against the 2017 champions.

Essex coach Anthony McGrath said:

"That's a great win. Every time we come to Lancashire, we know it's going to be very difficult. We were the two best teams in the leagues last year. It went back and forth all the way through until the third innings.

"I thought that bowling by Jamie Porter, in particular, was absolutely outstanding and backed up by Simon Harmer.

"To leave us with 105, even though there were a few nervy minutes, it was brilliant.

"Our bowling was incredible. We were a bowler down in the second innings. Sam Cook's bowled a quarter fit there (shins). Someone always finds a way. Sam's done it, Simon's done, Peter Siddle, Neil Wagner last year. Today it was Jamie. We just have a knack, and long may it continue."


Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone said:

"It's not ideal. I just don't think we played enough good cricket over three days to warrant winning the game. You can't be 40 for five in both innings and expect to win. I think we've been out-batted and out-bowled by Essex.

"We're obviously disappointed, and it hurts to lose. But we're not even halfway through the season, so there's still a lot of cricket to be played.

"The pitch wasn't great today, but both teams had to bat on it. We're making no excuses. We were just beaten by a better team."

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