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Live Blog: Lancashire v Essex, Day Two

Live Blog: Lancashire v Essex, Day Two

Live updates from Emirates Old Trafford

Latest news from day 2 of Lancashire v Essex.

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5.50pm, CLOSE Day 2
That's it for today, there will be no further play today.

We will be here tomorrow morning for day three with play due to start at 11am and extended until 6.30pm.

5.30pm, Rain Delay
The rain continues to fall and I think we are unlikely to get back out today. Just waiting to hear if the umpires agree!

5.00pm, Rain Delay
Conditions are getting worse if anything and the prospect of further play today is diminishing.

4.15pm, Rain Delay
The players came out after tea but before play could start rain arrived and the umpires and players did an about turn and walked off.

3.55pm, TEA Day 2
Lancashire 1st innings 32-5 after 15 overs trail by 359 runs, Salt 9 Wood 0
That was a disastrous session for Lancashire who are in trouble with five down at the interval and the follow-on of 242 looking a long way away.

Lancashire 1st innings 24-5 after 14 overs trail by 367 runs, Salt 1 Wood 0
Further woe for Lancashire as Dane Vilas goes to leave a delivery from Shane Snater but deflects the ball off the bottom of his bat onto the stumps.

Lancashire 1st innings 14-4 after 11 overs trail by 377 runs, Vilas 4 Salt 0
This is turning into a disastrous afternoon for Lancashire as Luke Wells is lbw for 6 to Sam Cook.

Lancashire 1st innings 8-3 after 8 overs trail by 383 runs, Wells 4 Vilas 0
Jamie Porter bowls a ball of fuller length that nips back and traps Josh Bohannon on the back foot and he's gone for a duck.

And it gets worse for Lancashire from the next ball as Porter angles the ball in and Alastair Cook makes a good catch to his left at first slip from the edge by Steven Croft.

Lancashire 1st innings 5-1 after 5 overs trail by 386 runs, Wells 1 Bohannon 0
Essex have an early breakthrough as Keaton Jennings is lbw to Sam Cook for 4.

Lancashire 1st innings 2-0 after 3 overs trail by 389 runs, Wells 0 Jennings 2
The Lancashire innings is under way with Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings facing Sam Cook and Jamie Porter.

Essex 1st innings 391 all out 120.5 overs.
Jamie Porter is run out after a fabulous pick up and throw by Josh Bohannon from midwicket hits the stumps before Porter, who had clipped Hassan nicely to leg, can get back to his crease.

Essex 1st innings 391-9 after 120.2 overs, Cook 16 Porter 0.
Shane Snater hits out to great effect taking 13 off the last over from Luke Wood and together with Sam Cook this pair have posted a fifty partnership off 78 balls.

But Hassan Ali finally breaks the partnership by trapping Snater lbw for a very good 72, just seven short of his career-best, off 82 balls.

Essex 1st innings 364-8 after 117 overs, Snater 50 Cook 11.
Shane Snater reaches a highly effective half century from 69 balls that is helping the visitors push on well this afternoon.

Essex 1st innings 348-8 after 110 overs, Snater 42 Cook 3.
An eventful two overs after lunch with Sam Cook just managing to avoid chopping onto his stumps twice against Luke Wood while Shane Snater inside edged a single off Hassan Ali.

But the visitors come up two runs short, with Lancashire one wicket away from a third point.
Bonus points: Lancashire 2, Essex 3.

1.00pm, LUNCH Day 2
Essex 1st innings 341-8 after 108 overs, Snater 40 Cook 2.
That has been something of an enterprising morning for Essex who have added 61 runs in 12 overs either side of the rain delay.

They need 9 more runs from 2 overs for a fourth batting point when we resume this afternoon.

Essex 1st innings 334-8 after 106.2 overs, Snater 36 Cook 0.
Dan Lawrence gets a good, and probably sympathetic, round of applause for his fine innings of 120 which has ended when he drove Luke Wood to James Anderson at midwicket.

Essex 1st innings 329-7 after 105 overs, Lawrence 119 Snater 32.
Shane Snater is taking most of the strike now with Lawrence struggling and he's just thrown himself off balance when hitting a six over fine leg off Luke Wood!

That's brought up the fifty partnership off 64 balls and gives Essex a good chance of going for a fourth batting point.

Essex 1st innings 315-7 after 103.3 overs, Lawrence 116 Snater 21.
This may not be good news for Dan Lawrence who has pulled up and after treatment needs a runner (Matt Critchley). It looks like it might be a right leg hamstring which would be very unfortunate, given that this is Lawrence's comeback match from a hamstring injury to the same leg.

Essex 1st innings 300-7 after 101 overs, Lawrence 112 Snater 10.
Tom Bailey completes his interrupted over and Jimmy Anderson resumes at the James Anderson end.

Essex now have a third batting point while Lancashire have nine overs left and two wickets to take if they are to get a third bowling point.

We have lost 17 overs, but 16 overs will be made up today and tomorrow by extending play until 6.30pm.

Great news, play will resume at 12.20pm with the close of play at 6.30pm.

11.15am, Rain Stops Play
Essex 1st innings 297-7 after 99.4 overs, Lawrence 110 Snater 10.
Now Shane Snater gets a leading edge high over the slips for four but we are coming off due to a heavy shower arriving.

Essex 1st innings 284-7 after 97 overs, Lawrence 104 Snater 3.
Jimmy Anderson with the first over and unfortunately there are spots of rain falling.

And Anderson not impressed when Dan Lawrence inside edges the last ball of the first over for four.

There is a very lively atmosphere as we get ready to start with 1,700 school children here as part of the Lancashire Foundation's Schools Open Day.

Better news - the rain has stopped, the covers are coming off and as far as we know play will start on time at 11am.

Meanwhile Josh Bohannon has met his nephew and handed over his shirt! Hope he has another one somewhere.

Four wickets late in the day brought Lancashire right back into this LV= County Championship clash which is evenly poised after the first day.

Dan Lawrence made a fine century for Essex and is still there unbeaten on 100, but he had a big left-off when he was dropped at slip on 77.

Lancashire Bowling Coach Graham Onions was pleased how the Red Rose attack had “hung in, bowled consistently and got our rewards towards the end,” he said last night.

“It’s a bit of a cliché but tomorrow morning is going to be very important.”

It is but unfortunately there is some drizzle about and the covers are on at the moment which means there is chance of a delay to the start of play.

In the meantime, here is the link to yesterday’s match report.

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