Thursday, 28 April 2016

Week Three Essex Jamie Porter Snow Stop Play Draws and Lucky Lancs



As a rather underwhelming week three comes to a close the main topic of conversation all week has been the weather. It has been bitterly cold for spectators trying to sit and watch with temperatures not getting past double figures and a biting cold northerly wind it has been a very difficult week. Snow flurries were seen at some point at all of the grounds, it stopped play at Egbaston but it totally ruined the game up in Durham, where it snowed hard on day three making play impossible. So all the snow made the outfield far too wet for play on the final day, topped up by further rain showers it soon meant day four was wiped out completely as well.

Essex were the only winners, they beat Northants by an Innings and 92 runs. Essex first innings saw their top five batsman all score 50, but the highest was Bopara with 76. The extras total was the same as that added 60 to the total of 441/8. Then up comes Jamie Porter who bowled brilliantly for the rest of the game in total taking eight wickets over both innings and came out of the match with bowling figures of 29-5-108-8. He was well backed up by the returning David Masters and the two of them had Northants 6 for 4 at one point, that news travelled around the cricket circuit very quickly indeed. Then help from Graham Napier and Ryan Ten Doeschate they were just too good for Northants. So Essex go clear at the top of Division two becoming the only team to have won twice.

In Division one Warwickshire take an unusual lead at the top with three draws out of three. Mind you all the other teams have only played two games and most bizarrely Lancs have only played one! So the lead I feel won't last long. Lucky Lancs is all I can say, but it's not their fault of course. It is rather wierd though that after three weeks three teams have played three games fourteen teams have played two games, and just the one has played just the one. I suppose it will be easier next season when the two divisions have even numbers, rather than this very awkward odd number of nine teams, meaning at least one team must drop out every week. So after three weeks there are only four teams that have won a game, most unusual. Essex, Lancs, Notts and Leicestershire.

I will be previewing all the games of week four on Saturday here are the fixtures that start on May 1st

Div One
Hampshire v Middlesex
Notts v Yorkshire On Sky TV 
Somerset v Lancs 
Surrey v Durham

Div Two
Kent v Glamorgan
Northants v Derbyshire
Sussex v Leics
Worcs v Essex 

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