Porter so pleased with Essex efforts
PUBLISHED: 18:15 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:15 31 August 2017
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Jamie Porter was particularly pleased that two of his career-best 12 wickets in their win over Somerset were those of Marcus Trescothick.
Porter took 7-55 as the visitors were skittled for 109 in 38 overs on the final day at Chelmsford, having been left to chase 289 to win when Essex were dismissed for 293 in their second innings.
He said: “He’s one I love to get. He was a hero growing up and to get him twice in the game is a special feeling.
“It was 2005 I really got into the game – watching him play in the Ashes, how much he pretty much dominated Test cricket for a time. Just to be playing against him is quite a special feeling.”
However, Porter reckoned the best wicket of the day was the last one, which was not his, but Simon Harmer’s third.
He added: “It was nice to get Tres second ball, but to win the game is the best feeling. It really gives us a boost going to Old Trafford next week. This win puts us in a hell of a position at the top.”
Essex were without the injured Mohammad Amir for Somerset’s second innings, but Porter finished with match figures of 12-95 and said: “We knew we only had two sessions to go all out and we gave them everything we had. We felt if all 11 blokes gave everything they had, then the worst was we were going to draw the game. We didn’t feel we were going to lose it.
“The wicket was pretty dry and when it’s dry it goes with the seam. That suits me quite well because I think my best attribute is I hit the seam and get it to seam around. Then, if needs be, I’ll try and swing it. But that pitch suited me well.
“I’m used to bowling that Hayes Close End, I like running in from that end. You just feel more confident at home, the home crowd, seeing familiar faces, sitting in your own spot gives you a boost I guess.”
Victory left Essex 36 points clear of Lancashire with four matches remaining, while Somerset are next-to-bottom and 23 points adrift of safety.
Captain Tom Abell said: “You’ve got to give credit to the way Porter bowled. I thought there was a little bit in the wicket throughout the game and he certainly extracted the most out of it.
“At the same time it was a pretty disappointing effort with the bat from us again – not for the first time this season. We’re not good enough with the bat at the moment, simple as that. They outperformed us in all areas.
“Confidence is down as it would be given the form of a lot of our batting line-up. There’s no substitute for runs and time out in the middle.
“Unfortunately none of our batting line-up have found any rhythm and had any extended period of time at the crease this season. It’s an issue we’re all too aware of. It is all very well trying to address it in the nets and in training, but it is difficult to put it right.
“From a batting point of view we’re constantly under the pump because we’re not playing well and we’re chasing big scores. That pressure feeds through the batting line-up and it’s not helping us at the moment. As individuals we need to stand up – that’s all we can do. At the end of the day, as players we’re not performing.”
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