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Rain ruins Essex hopes

PUBLISHED: 20:15 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 20:15 25 April 2016

Essex's Dan Lawrence (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex's Dan Lawrence (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Lawrence reaches landmark on shortened day

Essex saw their hopes of building a big first innings total against Northants ruined by the weather at Chelmsford.

The hosts had reached 335-3 on the first day of the County Championship Division Two match, with their top four batsmen all maknig half-centuries.

But rain delayed the start of play on day two, with the morning session completely washed out.

Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence returned to the crease at 1.30pm, but only nine overs of play were possible before bad light and more heavy rain forced the teams off again before the scheduled tea interval.

Hainault old boy Bopara moved to 66 not out during that brief time in the middle, while former Trinity High pupil Lawrence became the fifth Essex batsman to reach fifty, from 92 deliveries.

The unbroken 104-run stand for the fourth wicket also took Essex to a fourth batting point and saw them close on 351-3, with hopes of being able to get more play on Tuesday.

*Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi has been given permission to play two matches in Bangladesh’s Dhaka Premier Division.

Zaidi, who joined from Sussex during the winter, is yet to make his first-class debut for Essex and will play for the Legends of Rupganj before returning to Chelmsford for the county’s next four-day match at Worcestershire.


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