REACTION: Lancashire v Essex, Day Two
What they said: Lancashire v Essex, Day Two
See what both camps had to say at the end of Day Two of this Specsavers County Championship clash between Lancashire and Essex at Emirates Old Trafford, with the visitors trailing the Red Rose by 80 runs with 4 wickets remaining.
Lancashire seamer Joe Mennie said:
"It wasn't ideal yesterday morning with the bat. We'd have liked to have done a bit better there. But the boys showed real fight. Jordan Clark and Shiv (Chanderpaul) batted really well, and obviously Graham Onions at the end.
"Then, today, we started well with the new ball and then went a bit both sides of the wicket. They got a good partnership together before lunch.
"But we hit our areas a bit better after lunch and set the game up pretty nicely. It's at a delicate stage, but it was a good day overall for us.
"Ideally, we want to take four quick wickets in the morning and get a bit of a lead.
(On getting Cook out) "He played and missed at a few and we dropped him early doors, so I thought he was in for a big one. But to get him out when he'd set himself and was looking pretty dangerous is a big confidence booster for me."
Essex coach Anthony McGrath said:
"It's been an absorbing game, and we were disappointed when the rain came. Adam Wheater was batting well.
"It was disappointing the way the partnership between Tendo (Ryan ten Doeschate) and Wheater came to an end in the manner it did. But that's cricket.
"We looked to have recovered well after the early loss of Varun Chopra, but then those quick wickets in the afternoon put us on the back foot.
"The first target is to get the 300 and then it's parity. It's game on from there. There's a lot of cricket left in this game."