Essex edge closer to promotion
PUBLISHED: 18:51 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 18:51 12 September 2016
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Division Two leaders pick up two bonus points against Glamorgan
Essex edged two points closer to promotion in the Specsavers County Championship on a first day of two halves against Glamorgan at Chelmsford.
After a 90-minute delay to the start of play, due to an accident on the A12, the home side ran through the visitors’ batting line-up to reduce them to 127-7 in 38 overs.
But Glamorgan then rallied thanks to an unbroken century stand between their eighth-wicket pair of Kiran Carlson and Owen Morgan, who saw them reach 256-7 before bad light stopped play.
Essex included Varun Chopra and Adam Wheater in their side, following their returns to the county from Warwickshire and Hampshire, respectively, and were sent into the field after Glamorgan won the toss and chose to bat first.
The visitors made a watchful start against the new-ball pairing of David Masters and Jamie Porter, reaching 26-0 in the first 11 overs.
But Graham Napier, making his final appearance at the County Ground, then made the breakthrough with only his fifth ball as he had Jacques Rudoolph caught at second slip by Tom Westley with the score on 30.
Will Bragg was trapped leg before by the very next Napier delivery and Porter struck in the next over to bowl Nick Selman and make it 30-3, securing a first bonus point for the hosts.
Aneurin Donald survived Napier’s hat-trick ball, but David Lloyd was then caught by Chopra at first slip off the bowling of Porter as the visitors found themselves 34-4.
And Donald was then bowled by Napier without any further addition to the total to leave Glamorgan in disarray.
Carlson began a rebuildinng job with Craig Meschede to see the visitors to lunch without further loss and the pair put on 53 before Napier struck again as Meschede clipped the ball to Porter at deep backward square.
Mark Wallace helped add another 44 for the seventh wicket with Carlson, before Ravi Bopara ended his resistance for 29 to leave Essex scenting a chance of wrapping up the innings before tea.
But Carlson reached his half-century from 77 balls, with 10 fours, and found able support from Morgan as they moved the score to 185-7 at tea.
The pair continued to defy the home attack in the final session of the day, bringing up their century partnership in 34 overs, and Carlson became the youngest Glamorgan player to score a first-class hundred – aged 18 years and 119 days – as he reached the landmark from 192 deliveries, having hit 15 fours, shortly before the close.
Morgan brought up his half-century, meanwhile, from 130 balls with nine fours just before Essex took the new ball.
But only one more over was possible and the returning Masters conceded just two runs before the umpires took the teams off for bad light.
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