Essex endure a champion hangover


Essex suffered a champion’s hangover as they collapsed at the Ageas Bowl and helped Hampshire’s survival wrestle throughout

Essex 33 for five creep Hampshire 254 (Bailey 89, Vince 60, Porter 4-53, Harmer 3-47) by 221 runs

Hampshire fresh-ball companions Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards gave Essex a champion’s hangover – as the Specsavers County Championship Division One winners suffered a batting crumple at the Ageas Bowl.

Ragged Test like a flash bowlers Abbott and Edwards shared four wickets for 23 to stride away Essex on 33 for five in a single day after Hampshire had posted 254 thanks to classy fifties from James Vince and George Bailey.

Essex had been confirmed as 2017’s title holders last week having thrashed Warwickshire but came upon the south waft. Then again, they are going to be keenly aware that, with relegation positions so tight, they must compete until the stay out of courtesy to the diverse aspects at the bottom stay of the desk.

Their answer started terribly as Cleave Browne did no longer lift up the tempo of Abbott to fall in the 2nd over.

Varun Chopra used to be bowled by the South African four overs latter to present the like a flash seamer his 50th firstclass wicket of the season.

Abbott’s opening partner Edwards joined the celebration in the following over to absorb Tom Westley lbw, as the visitors slumped to 12 for three.

Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara steadied the ship by blockading out eight overs, earlier than the latter used to be bowled by Gareth Berg with out enjoying a shot.

Essex despatched out nightwatchman Sam Cook to seek for out the supreme six overs but he most attention-grabbing managed two earlier than he used to be bowled by Edwards – leaving his aspect 221 in the reduction of.

Earlier, Essex’s wicket-taking duo Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer took their combined tally for the season up to 134 scalps, after captain Ryan ten Doeschate bowled with out a toss on a correct bowling word at the Ageas Bowl.

The pair’s wicket-taking skill has been surely one of the most major causes in the reduction of Essex’s Division One triumph.

However it used to be Porter’s fresh-ball partner Cook who made the well-known blow into Hampshire’s batting line -up as he struck Jimmy Adams in front in the 2nd over.

Porter wasn’t to be overshadowed for long as he had Joe Weatherley lbw to stride away Hampshire struggling on 14 for 2.

Vince and Tom Alsop came to the host’s rescue with a punchy counterattacking stand value 71 runs.

The partnership ended when Alsop shouldered his hands at a straight supply from Porter, with Vince completing his 30th firstclass fifty in 65 balls soon after.

However Vince departed soon after lunch when he feathered a reduction-foot drive in the reduction of off Cook.

Spinner Harmer then took centre stage to affirm his 64th, 65th and 66th wickets of the campaign.

The South African off-spinner had Sean Ervine caught smartly by an off-steadiness Chopra at the starting up fling and Ian Holland bowled, either aspect of Porter bowling a behind-scoring Liam Dawson.

Harmer added Berg to his long listing of victims as the Hampshire all-rounder edged in the reduction of.

While the wickets had been falling at one stay, captain Bailey used to be accumulating runs at the diverse in fluent chanceless kind.

The Australian reached his half of-century in 79 balls but slowed up as the softer ball made like a flash scoring extra refined.

Hampshire reached a 2nd batting level, which can well well be well-known in an no longer likely relegation fight, as Abbott used to be caught at the starting up fling.

Bailey, on 89, determined he must farm the strike and ranking boundaries, with unreliable Edwards occupying the diverse stay, but holed out on the mid-wicket boundary trying a most to stride away his aspect all out for 254.

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