Seven-up Quinn inspires Essex at Gloucestershire
PUBLISHED: 19:49 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 19:49 13 July 2016
Paceman helps leaders enjoy first day
Essex enjoyed the better of a rain-interrupted first day against Gloucestershire in their latest county championship outing.
New Zealand paceman Matt Quinn took seven of the wickets to fall as the home side were reduced to 218-8 in the 68 overs of play that were possible at the College Ground, Cheltenham.
But the Division Two leaders were left feeling a little frustrated after seeing play cut short by more wet weather.
Essex, with all-rounder Ashar Zaidi coming into the side for England Test captain Alastair Cook, chose to bowl first, only for Gareth Roderick and Chris Dent to put on 77 in the first 19 overs.
Former Oaks Park pupil Jamie Porter eventually made the breakthrough, as Dent was caught by Tom Westley, and Quinn trapped Graeme Van Buuren leg before wicket, before bowling the dangerous Michael Klinger.
That left the home side 111-3 and they proceeded to lose four more wickets in quick time as Quinn began to wreak havoc.
After winning an lbw decision to get rid of Roderick for 61 in the 38th over, Quinn followed up with the scalps of Hamish Marshall, caught by Westley, Kieran Noema-Barnett and Jack Taylor, both bowled, in his next three overs to leave Gloucestershire wobbling on 140-7 and Essex sniffing blood.
As it was, the home side rallied thanks to a 64-run stand between Craig Miles and David Payne, before the teams were forced off the field.
But when play eventually resumed at 6.30pm, Quinn was quick to pick up his seventh wicket of the day as Payne was caught by Mickleburgh with only one run having been added to the total.
Only four more overs were possible after that and Gloucestershire navigated them without further loss, but Quinn – having played in South Woodford’s Presidents’ Day on Sunday, could reflect on a good day’s work after finishing with 7-61 from his 23 overs.
Fellow seamers Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara went unrewarded, while Zaidi, captain Ryan ten Doeschate and Dan Lawrence bowled just one over apiece.
But Essex will look to wrap up the home innings quickly tomorrow, before attempting to build a big total of their own to apply pressure.
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