tuesday 4th september - friday 7th september
ESSEX V SURREY
Surrey won by 10 wickets at Chelmsford
Surrey XI: Burns(c), Stoneman, Elgar, Pope, Foakes, Jacks, Clarke, T. Curran, Morkel, McKerr, Virdi.
In scoring his eighth score above fifty, three of them in the hundreds, the remarkably consistent Burns passed 1,000 Championship runs for the season - the fourth time in five years he has reached the milestone..
The Surrey captain’s 90 spanned two sessions and took 217 balls. Dean Elgar kept him company for all but the first 10 overs while scoring 75 from 179 balls before both departed in the space of 11 overs.
The Essex seam attack gave the batsmen a difficult time in the morning after asking them to bat on a strip that had been used in the pink-ball match against Somerset in June.
Essex finally gained some reward in the gloom of the evening when Peter Siddle added two more wickets to his bundle of 34 in his seventh Championship appearance for Essex.
Sam Cook had induced three involuntary edges through the slips before Mark Stoneman, on 12, got a thick-ish edge to third slip where Tom Westley took a juggling catch at the second attempt.
It would be another 55 overs and 148 runs before Essex gained a second success. Jamie Porter bowled an accurate line and length, and Burns did well to dig out a yorker. Simon Harmer, too, got his first delivery to pop up and have Elgar in some discomfort.
But Burns rocked on to his back to cut Harmer square for the boundary, his sixth, that took him over 39 and into four-figures for the season.
Burns reached his fifty soon after lunch, angling a ball from Cook through the vacant third-man area for his eighth four. He had not added to his score when he edged Porter and the ball flashed through second slip’s fingers. Reprieved, the partnership sped through the century mark in 28 overs.
Elgar followed Burns to his half-century, pushing Siddle to the square-leg boundary for a three. It had taken him 93 balls, with five fours.
Burns added his 13th four from the third ball over tea, but his innings ended to the sixth ball when he chopped on to Siddle. Elgar was next to go, bowled by one from Harmer that turned from middle to off.
Ollie Pope, who played in the first two days of this match before joining up with the England party for the fifth Test, made 21 from 57 balls, before he chased one from Siddle to give Harmer the catch at second slip. Ben Foakes and Will Jacks saw Surrey to the close not out on 24 and 15 respectively.
Rikki Clarke had an outstanding day all-round at Chelmsford before bad light sliced 24 overs off the second day with Essex, following on, still 212 runs away from making Surrey bat again.
The veteran seamer had caned Essex for 56 runs from 69 balls at the end of Surrey’s first innings, which ended on 351. With ball in hand, Clarke ripped the heart out of the Essex batting first time round, taking four for 28. Essex were dismissed for 126.
When the umpires took the players off at 4.37pm, openers Nick Browne and Varun Chopra had reduced the 225-run deficit by 13 runs in seven overs. The game was finally called off for the day at 5.15
Clarke had been supported with the ball by Tom Curran, whose three wickets cost just 36.
Only Tom Westley showed any resistance, overcoming a tentative start to grow in confidence before he was out for 49 from 113 balls. Otherwise, only Peter Siddle, with an unbeaten 21, and Jamie Porter, with 12, reached double-figures.
Essex’s first innings fitted neatly into the period between lunch and tea, bar two overs after Surrey’s innings ended in the 120th over.
Essex had gone to lunch on seven for nought, but lost both openers in six balls straight after the break. Browne went on to the back foot and edged Morne Morkel to Dean Elgar at first slip. Chopra then played an injudicious shot against Curran and Clarke held on above his head at second slip. Dan Lawrence did not last long before going half-forward to Curran and departing lbw.
Westley had a torrid time against Conor McKerr, just failing to get a touch to three balls in one over, but surviving to put on 27 with Bopara for the fourth wicket. The stand ended when Bopara hooked Clarke, but the ball flew off the top edge before coming down into Ben Foakes’s waiting gloves.
When Morkel replaced McKerr at the Hayes Close End, Westley pulled him over square leg for four to bring up Essex’s 50 in the 21st over. But he lost another partner when Ryan ten Doeschate went on the drive and edged behind.
The collapse continued with three wickets in seven balls. Michael Pepper had hung around for 32 balls for his nine before playing all around a delivery from Curran and losing his off-stump. Westley prodded at Clarke and was pouched in the slips by Rory Burns before Clarke pinned Simon Harmer lbw to claim his fourth wicket.
Siddle hit three fours, two in succession, before McKerr polished off the innings by having Jamie Porter lbw and Sam Cook caught in the gulley by Ollie Pope.
Essex had made the most of the damp, overcast conditions in the morning and removed Surrey’s final six wickets for 95 runs. Cook and Porter took two wickets each in the session to finish with three for 71 and two for 87 respectively, while Siddle took the first of the day – Will Jacks steering the ball into Lawrence’s hands at first slip – to end with three for 86.
Porter rapped Foakes towards the top of his thigh to bring the Surrey physiotherapist on to the pitch. Next ball Porter removed Foakes off-stump.
Clarke was also in the wars when thumped on the inside of his knee by Siddle. He hobbled for a leg-bye before collapsing on his back at the non-striker’s end and calling for treatment. Curran saw out the over with three successive fours to dent Siddle’s figures.
Curran’s aggressive cameo ended on 26 when he flicked Harmer to Lawrence at short mid-on, and Morkel followed for one when Cook uprooted his off-stump. McKerr spent much of the rest of the over swishing at thin air before snicking the final ball, to Lawrence at first slip.
Clarke decided to go on the attack against Harmer. His 15 runs off an over included a six over long-leg. A second six over long-off in the following over from Cook took Clarke to a 64-ball fifty. His innings finished after two sixes and eight fours when he was snapped up by ten Doeschate at wide mid-on for Porter’s second wicket.
Ravi Bopara clattered Tom Curran through cow corner, past Dean Elgar’s despairing dive, for the boundary that took Essex past the 225 required to make Surrey bat for a second time. One run later Sam Cook was bowled by Amar Virdi to set Surrey two to win.
Bopara’s unbeaten 81 from 122 balls delayed the inevitable until shortly after four o’clock when Rory Burns flicked Simon Harmer’s fourth ball through midwicket for two runs.
Bopara put on 53 with Michael Pepper for the sixth wicket – Essex’s highest stand of the match – and 51 with Jamie Porter in a spirited ninth-wicket partnership.
Varun Chopra went lbw to Curran in the third over of the day.
Tom Westley scratched around for seven from 24 balls before he played a shot to Curran and his off-stump went cartwheeling. Dan Lawrence collected a pair of threes after he steered Clarke to Rory Burns at third slip.
Browne had faced 89 balls in compiling 21 when he edged Clarke to third slip where he was snapped up by Ryan Patel, who took over in the Surrey XI after Ollie Pope joined up with England.
Ryan ten Doeschate was the fifth to depart after a 26-run stand with Bopara. Burns took his second catch of the morning, swooping low to his left to grab at gully.
Bopara and Pepper settled into a rearguard action in a stand that had put on fifty in 12 overs either side of lunch. But the partnership added just three more when Pepper popped one up to Mark Stoneman at short midwicket to give Clarke a third wicket. He had batted 48 balls for 21.
Simon Harmer followed for a four-ball pair when Morne Morkel got some extra bounce and the nick flew through to Dean Elgar in the slips.
Bopara posted eight fours in a 76-ball fifty, including a textbook straight drive off Morkel and a back-foot drive through the offside from mar Virdi’s first ball of the match. He later launched the spinner over long-leg for six
Peter Siddle became Clarke’s fourth wicket when he gave Stoneman a second catch before Porter followed his 12 in the first innings with a season’s best 31 from 36 balls, with five fours, that eclipsed Bopara in their nine-over stand. Porter’s fireworks were ended when Will Jacks took the catch at short-leg off Morkel.
Rikki Clarke made a significant all-round contribution. After a swashbuckling 56 with the bat, he followed his four-wicket haul in the first innings with four more in the second for match figures of eight for 75.
The Surrey overseas en route to 75 in Chelmsford, building a 148-run partnership with opener Rory Burns.
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