Essex v Lancashire: SpecSavers County Championship Match Review
A great start to the season, at home, for Champions Essex as they beat Lancashire by 31 runs, in what turned out to be a tight finish at the end, with the Lancashire tail enders giving Essex a scare.
With low scores for both sides in the first innings, it was down to which team was going to bat better in their second innings that was going to go away with the points.
James Foster (69) for Essex and Joe Mennie’s all-round performance for Lancashire was the pick of the action. Watch the match highlights from the third and final day's play yesterday as Essex record a first win of the season after a Lancashire fightback.
Peter Siddle, Essex’s Australian overseas player, commented after the match:
"We always knew it was going to be hard work. We just needed to bowl well and control the game.
"For us to bat in the third innings and get over 300 showed it was a decent wicket to bat on.
"We controlled most of it and that put the pressure on them. But it was a little bit closer than we would have liked."
Mark Chilton (Lancashire’s (Assistant Head Coach) commented on BBC Radio Lancashire:
"Joe Mennie played wonderfully well at the end there and Matt Parkinson was doing a great job. We know his capability with the bat but, in chases like this, if you're leaving the 10th wicket to chase down 70 runs, it doesn't happen very often.
"We were positive about the chase at the start of the day, the pitch had settled a bit and I thought if we'd played really well we'd have knocked the runs off, but the two wickets after lunch probably hurt us quite a lot.
"After defeats you have to look at areas to improve before the next game but we don't see the value in doing that in the immediate aftermath of the game. We'll try not to overreact to much to two defeats, stick together as a unit and identify things we've done really well."
Essex 150 and 313: James Foster 69, Tom Westley 49, Simon Harmer 49; Joe Mennie 3-47
Lancashire 144 and 288: Jordan Clark 59, Joe Mennie 56; Jamie Porter 4-54
Essex (19 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by 31 runs
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