Dan Lawrence puts Essex County Cricket Club in control at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 July 2016
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Teenager inspires Chelmsford outfit into a 78 run lead going into the third day at the Bristol County Ground
Dan Lawrence’s third county championship ton for Essex put them in a commanding position ahead of day three at Gloucestershire.
After bowling the hosts out for 255, the former Trinity High student scored 127 to lead his team to 333 – a lead of 78 runs.
Gloucestershire resumed their innings on 218-8 with Essex looking to dismiss the hosts tail enders quickly.
Craig Miles was frustrating the visitors, however, and reached fifty before former Oaks Park Pupil Jamie Porter knocked out his off stump.
With his tail up, Porter ended the home innings on 255 as he finished with figures of 3-67, but it was Matt Quinn who was the star claiming 7-76.
South Woodford’s Nick Browne opened the innings, but only scored 14 off 17 balls before he was out.
Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley come together to steady the ship before a mini-collapse. Westley was out for 24 and Ravi Bopara dimissed for a golden duck as Essex were 69-3 at lunch.
Mickleburgh resumed his innings alongside Lawrence and the pair moved the score onto 80 before another wicket fell.
Essex’s opener went for a patient 34 off 83 balls and captain Ryan ten Doeschate was next to the crease.
Him and Lawrence went on the attack with the former Trinity High student smacking four boundaries off one over.
Ten Doeschate was to keep the tempo up as the duo put on fifty for the fifth wicket.
Lawrence passed the 1,000 first class run mark during his innings as Essex chipped away at Gloucestershire’s lead.
Essex’s youngster completed his half century off 86 balls having hit eight fours with ten Doeschate not far behind.
The captain reached his milestone off just 73 balls, but was then out lbw to Josh Shaw for 52.
Ashar Zaidi, also of Ilford, joined Lawrence at the crease and at tea Essex were 192-5 – just 63 runs behind the hosts.
After the break, the duo earned the Chelmsford outfit their first batting point, but another wicket was to quickly fall.
Zaidi was out for 21 leaving Essex 221-6 and still 34 runs short of Gloucestershire’s final total.
James Foster joined Lawrence at the crease and they earned their team a second batting point and closed in on the hosts 255.
A no ball put Essex in front with the ex-Trinity High pupil edging closer to his third county championship ton.
Lawrence brought up his three figures before close from 162 balls just two days after his 19th birthday.
He cracked a couple of fours after reaching his century before departing for 127 after getting Essex their third batting point.
Foster went on the attack with Graham Napier, but the wicket-keeper was dismissed three short of his half century.
Matt Quinn was out for a duck straight after to give the visitors a lead of 78 runs at the close of play with them all out for 333.
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