Essex v Somerset: Porter pleased with fightback
PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 August 2017
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Essex bowler Jamie Porter was pleased to lead a fightback with the ball on the first day of their County Championship match with Somerset.
The Division One leaders were dismissed for 159 at Chelmsford, but Porter replied with four wickets in the evening to leave the visitors 118-5 at the close.
He said: “I feel we are back into it now. If we put a big shift in in the morning, the first hour, win that first hour, then it is going to go a long way to putting us in a good position in this game.
“If we can bowl them out for somewhere near where we finished up then we are massively in this game.
“It’s weird – I don’t think any of us really felt panicked. I know it is a below-par score, but we are a good enough side that if we do fall behind in the game we can easily get back into it. I think it’s honours even at the moment.
“There is enough happening out there. At times it looks flat, then there will be a good ball flying about. It’s one of those pitches where the batters are never quite in. But Hildreth and Abell showed you can score runs out there.”
Essex collapsed to 39-4 after choosing to bat as Craig Overton and Paul van Meekeren made inroads with the new ball.
Nick Browne (44) and captain Ryan ten Doeschate (35) steadied the innings with a 51-run stand, while Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Mohammad Amir (22 not out) and Porter all reached double figures down the order.
Overton finished with 4-40 for Somerset and said: “I feel we’re on top. We’d like to have lost a few less wickets, but I feel we’re in a good position.
“Both teams wanted to bat so to bowl them out for 159 on a hot day like it is was pretty good.
“We’re not used to this heat in England, but we all stuck to our guns and to get them out for 159 we’re really happy.
“We’d be happy with any lead, but ideally we probably want 50-60 at least. That would put us in a good position going into when we bowl again.
“I don‘t think it moved around a lot. We bowled pretty well and we held on to most things. It’s not as green nipper as you’d think. It is more crusty and it’s almost that the seam sticks in and holds it and the ball almost goes slowly.”
Of debutant van Meekeren, Overton added: “He bowled really well. I faced him in the nets and he is quite hard to face – some balls skid through really quickly, but sometimes it comes out slightly differently and it’s tough to face. We bowled really well together.”