Essex v Somerset: Wheater sights on season’s best

PUBLISHED: 17:35 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 30 August 2017

Adam Wheater in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Adam Wheater in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex batsman Adam Wheater is within seven runs of overtaking his highest score in the County Championship this season after finishing day three of their match with Somerset unbeaten on 58.

Only 13 overs of play were possible at Chelmsford, but Wheater and Nick Browne extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 118 to help the Division One leaders move 152 runs ahead of their rivals.

And Wheater, after being out in single figures in six of his previous eight innings, said: “It was slightly different because I stayed there a bit longer! I felt that I was going well at Scarborough and felt all right in the first innings, I just got a ball that nipped back.

“Sometimes you can’t do much about it. Batting gets slightly easier when you’ve been there for a while, and when you’ve got a few runs under your belt. That is what happened this morning.

“It was good to have the partnership with ‘Browney’. I’ve not batted with him a great deal, a couple of times in the second team this season. He gets stuck in every time he bats which is great for us.

“He played very well when some balls were kicking about. I’ve known him a long time and it was nice to bat with him there.”

Wheater came in with Essex, five runs behind on first innings, in trouble at 39-3 second time around.

He added: “The game could have gone either way there. I came in a little bit later second innings which meant the ball was slightly older and doing a little bit less. So that helped and it flattened out a bit.

“It’s probably beneficial there were so many wickets on that first day and second morning because it meant the game went forward quickly. It’s pretty evenly balanced at the moment. I don’t know what tomorrow morning’s going to bring, but I’m sure we’re going to bat for a little while and see where we go from there.”

Browne eventually fell for 83 after 241 minutes at the crease, moving to within 19 of 1,000 first-class runs for the season as Essex closed on 158-4.

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