WHAT THEY SAID: Essex v Lancashire, Day One reaction
REACTION: Essex v Lancashire, Day One
See what players from both camps had to say at the end of Day One of the Specsavers County Championship clash between Essex and Lancashire at Chelmsford.
Simon Harmer finished with four for 44 and said: “The ball was turning a lot today, as much as it was turning for me towards the end of last season. If that is how we’re going to go at the start the season, then I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.
“The wicket was a lot drier than we expected it was going to be with the amount of rain there was through the winter. The first outing at Chelmsford we thought there would still be quite a bit of moisture, but it was nice and dry and this weather is helping that. It’s been a good start to the season and a good fightback by us.
“They bowled well, we didn’t play too many bad shots and there weren’t too many soft dismissals. I didn’t think when we walked out to bat in the morning that we’d be rolled for 150. So it was extremely important that we came out and took wickets early. As usual Ports stood up and ripped open their batting order.
“We all knew the evening was going to be a massive session in the game. If they’d got a big lead it would have put us massively on the back foot in the game on a wicket that was seaming and spinning.
“It’s important that we go into the third innings level-pegging and get the two wickets quickly tomorrow morning. We don’t want them getting 50 0r 60 runs ahead. Then hopefully we can put our hands up in the fourth innings.”
Lancashire’s Graham Onions said: “They were quite decent conditions to bowl in and we put the4 ball in the right areas and both teams did it pretty well today. It’s going to be a big day tomorrow for us. We need to try and get as many runs as possible and then try and put them under pressure.
“I think potentially they could have been about 120 all out. They took the attack to us towards the end, and fair play to them.
“If we can bowl well second innings and try and keep them down to a similar score we feel we can chase that down. But if we don’t turn up tomorrow and try and score runs or put the ball in the right area we’re going to be in a position where we’re going to be chasing a rather big total. So we’ll try and put them under pressure as quickly as possible.
“We want to try and get as many as we can. One ahead is better than nothing. If we can push towards 20, 30, 40 runs that will be great. But we’re got to be realistic as well. Just play every ball on merit and try and put them under pressure.
“My mindset tomorrow will be to be positive without playing too many aggressive shots and try and block up an end for Jordan Clark. He’s a very good batter in his own right and if I can bat for 50-60 balls, even if I don’t score any runs, Jordan at the other end faces 50-60 he could be 70 not out. That’s my goal tomorrow.”
Be part of the Red Rose - Official Memberships
Join Lancashire County Cricket Club as an official Member in 2018 and show your support for the Red Rose and Lancashire Thunder!
Our Memberships offer fans the opportunity to get closer to the Club than ever before - with access to home fixtures*, exclusive Members content, priority access to international tickets and a whole lot more.
Plus…we are also providing Members with the opportunity to join our Ashes Priority Club with our new two-year Membership options to give you priority ticket access for one of the biggest fixtures in sport.
To buy your Membership for 2018, you can buy online here or call our Ticket and Membership Office on 0161 868 6868.