Lancashire v Essex: Head coach Silverwood satisfied
PUBLISHED: 17:25 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 08 September 2017
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Essex head coach Chris Silverwood was pleased to see his side maintain their 36-point advantage in the County Championship after a rain-hit draw with Lancashire.
The leaders declared on 202-8 in reply to the home side’s 290, after the morning session of the final day was wiped out, as both sides took nine points.
Silverwood said: “It’s been a tough game, obviously on and off for weather. Lancashire have made us work really hard for every run we’ve got which you would expect with top playing second. Lancashire are a good side and it’s been a tough game at times.
“The players that we are missing this week are high class players but the exciting thing for me is that we’ve seen another young, high-class bowler come through in Sam Cook. He showed us what he can do. It shows that we are growing and going in the right direction.
“We will have to wait and see on Alastair Cook and Tom Westley, whether they can play next week.
“The title is getting closer but one game at a time. Let’s focus on the present and deal with what’s in front of us really. If we do that then the bigger picture will come together. When we get to Warwickshire let’s make sure we keep doing the right things.”
Essex began the day on 115-4 and lost wickets in quick succession as Adam Wheater, Ashar Zaidi and James Foster all fell.
But Paul Walter and Jamie Porter took them to an extra batting point and a declaration, which denied the hosts the chance of another bowling point.
Lancashire declared their second innings, which was followed by a handshake between the two captainns.
Silverwood added: “There was going to be no result at the end so it was the right time to shake hands and move on.
“We weren’t supposed to be preventing Lancashire getting a bowling point, all points are gold dust. We said we would go for 200 regardless which I think is the right thing to do in the spirit of the game.
“They had a great opportunity to get the extra point, we had to earn the extra point. 200 on the board is as far as we were going to go really so it was the right time to pull out.”
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple was realistic about the outcome, adding: “I can understand why they have declared, I have no problem with it. They didn’t think they could get another batting point, the game was virtually over, and they weren’t going to risk losing another one to us.
“We are pleased with our performance. To get stuck in on a damp pitch, which seamed around for at least a session, to get to 290 was a really good effort.
“For Haseeb (Hameed) to bat so long was good in those conditions and we showed we bat all the way down with Tom Bailey and Stephen Parry making good scores.
“I thought 290 was an excellent score in those conditions. We restricted them to less runs playing on a flatter pitch so of the cricket that was played we can be pleased with ourselves.
“Today was about getting as many points as we could. We were thinking potentially at setting them a target if we could have got wickets earlier and then see what we could achieve.
“But I don’t think Essex would have been interested in chasing a target – but we just wanted to get as many points as we could.
“I can understand why they have declared, I have no problem with it. They didn’t think they could get another batting point, the game was virtually over, and they weren’t going to risk losing another one to us.”
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