Essex enjoy decent first day

PUBLISHED: 18:35 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:35 10 April 2016

Essex's Jamie Porter (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex's Jamie Porter (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Porter picks up four Gloucestershire wickets

Essex held the edge over Gloucestershire at the end of the first day of their County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

Former Oaks Park pupil Jamie Porter took four wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 262, before England Test captain Alastair Cook helped the hosts reach 39-1 in reply at the close.

Sent into the field after losing the toss, Essex saw Australian pace bowler Matt Dixon pick up two wickets in the first session of the new season.

Dixon trapped fellow Australian Cameron Bancroft leg before to make the breakthrough with the visitors on 30, then saw Chris Dent drag the ball onto his own stumps after spending an hour scoring 27.

Porter, who shared the new ball with Dixon, then struck in his second spell to remove Ian Cockbain thanks to a superb diving slip catch by Cook as Gloucestershire slipped to 70-3.

Hamish Marshall and Gareth Roderick then led a recover either side of lunch with a 73-run stand, before Porter removed Marshall for 51, who hit nine boundaries in his 60-ball knock before succumbing to an excellent catch by Jesse Ryder at backward point.

And Porter struck again just two balls later to send Benny Howell packing without score, before Ryder got in on the act to remove Kieran Noema-Barnett, who laboured for 41 minutes to score just five before edging to second slip Tom Westley, who deflected the ball to former Trinity High School pupil Dan Lawrence at third slip.

Jack Taylor helped steady the ship with captain Gareth Roderick, hitting 39 in a 75-run stand before being bowled by Graham Napier, who added the scalps of Josh Shaw and Liam Norwell in the space of four balls to leave the visitors nine down.

Porter then picked up his fourth wicket as Wanstead old boy James Foster took a catch to dismiss last man Tom Hampton and wrap up the innings on 262.

That left Essex with just under an hour to bat and they lost South Woodford’s Nick Browne to the last ball of the first over, his fourth delivery faced, as he was trapped leg before for a single by Norwell.

Cook and Westley safely navigated their way through the remaining 53 minutes of play, though, to see Essex to the close without any further damage and looking to push on during day two.

Gloucestershire 262 (77.3ovs): Bancroft 7; Dent 27; Cockbain 24; Roderick 88*; Marshall 51; Howell 0; Noema-Barnett 5; Taylor 39; Shaw 0; Norwell 0* Hampton 0; Porter 19.3-5-59-4; Dixon 17-3-64-2; Ryder 17-7-36-1; Napier 17-4-57-3; Bopara 7-2-32-0.

Essex 39-1 (16ovs): Browne 1; Cook 17*, Westley 19*; Norwell 6-2-7-1; Shaw 7-4-26-0; Noema-Barnett 3-2-4-0.

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