Essex's Porter pleased with Surrey haul
PUBLISHED: 18:49 29 May 2017
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Bowler positive after claiming nine scalps in draw
Essex’s Jamie Porter claimed the fourth five-wicket haul of his career in their draw with Surrey, but did not include Kumar Sangakkara among his nine victims in the match.
Former Oaks Park pupil Porter followed up his first innings 4-89 with 5-71 as the visitors reached 260-9 in their second innings at Chelmsford.
Sri Lankan ace Sangakkara was bidding to score a sixth successive championship century, but eventually fell to Essex’s part-time spinner Tom Westley, who took a return catch off his own bowling to dismiss him for 84.
Porter said: “Tom deserved it, it was a good catch. Obviously it’s the prized wicket out there, and he played seriously well. I wouldn’t like to bowl at him every week. Hopefully at Guildford in a couple of weeks’ time I’ll have another chance to get him.
“We didn’t want to make it easy for him. Part of me thinks it would have been nice for him to get the sixth [century], but you should never hand them out. I think it is credit to us that we made him work for it – and that he didn’t get it.”
As for his own form, Porter added: “I feel like I’ve bowled pretty much the same as I have all season, I just didn’t get the same rewards in the first three games. But in the last two games it has clicked and all gone my way.
“It was one of those spells where wickets weren’t really in my mind, I was just thinking, ‘Run in, hit a good length and make them play as many balls as possible, then who knows what will happen’.
“Obviously I got a couple and my tail was up and I thought, ‘We’re in here!’
“We may not have won this one, but we’re a team in form. We’re playing good cricket, we have been all season and we feel we can go into any game and we can win it.”