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Essex batsmen look to build big score

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 May 2016

The Essex squad pose for a team picture in their county championship kit at the County Ground, Chelmsford (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

The Essex squad pose for a team picture in their county championship kit at the County Ground, Chelmsford (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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First day hit by weather at Worcester

Essex will look to make up for lost time on the second day of their County Championship Division Two clash at Worcestershire on Monday.

Only 40 overs of play were possible on day one, but England Test captain Alastair Cook and Tom Westley both hit unbeaten half-centuries to lead the visitors to 144-1 at the close.

And the early pace-setters will aim to bat themselves into another strong position, having beaten Northants by an innings and 92 runs last week.

The first over of play brought 11 runs for South Woodford left-hander Nick Browne, including a five, and he hit another boundary in the next, only to then edge Matt Henry behind to wicketkeeper Ben Cox to fall for 15.

Westley was quickly into his stride, hitting successive boundaries off Henry, and was unbeaten on 37 as Essex raced to 84-1 from 16 overs in the first hour.

The hundred came up in the 21st over, before rain stopped play with Westley two runs short of his fifty and Cook 36 not out.

An early lunch was taken and the whole afternoon session was lost, before play eventually resumed at 4.40pm.

Westley reached his half-century soon after the resumption, from 64 balls, having hit nine boundaries and the in-form batsman pulled Ed Barnard over square leg for six.

Cook reached his fifty from 112 balls, with a six and seven fours and was unbeaten on 53 at the close, with Westley 70 not out at the other end.


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