Cricket: Essex complete innings win to relegate Worcestershire
PUBLISHED: 14:08 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 20 September 2018
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Essex completed an innings and 129-run win over Worcestershire at Chelmsford to send their rivals down to Specsavers County Championship Division Two.
Jamie Porter was once again the chief destroyer of the Worcestershire batting line-up as he ended the second innings with figures of 4-57, handing him match analysis of 11-98 – the second time he had claimed 10 wickets in a match during his career.
Spinner Simon Harmer also chipped in with a crafty 4-76, as Worcestershire were bowled out for 251.
Joe Clarke had batted brilliantly on day two to reach 74 overnight – but the promising batsman failed to add to his score.
Porter angled the third delivery of the morning into Clarke, who was beaten between bat and pad to see his middle stump cartwheeling backwards.
It was the first time this season that Clarke had failed to convert a half century into three figures, having previously past fifty three times this year.
The wicket also gave Porter 10 wickets in the match, having boasted career-best first-class figures of 7-41 in the first innings, when Worcestershier were skittled for just 94 inside a session.
Ben Cox was the next man to fall when he steamed down the wicket and attempted to sweep Harmer, but was clean bowled.
Three balls later, night-watchman Josh Tongue edged Sam Cook to Dan Lawrence at gully.
A half-hour rain delay held up Essex, as did Ed Barnard and Wayne Parnell, who put on 51 for the eighth wicket.
But two balls after lunch, Porter snatched his fourth scalp of the innings when Barnard flicked behind.
Parnell continued and crashed his way to a 94-ball half-century, which included two straight sixes, with Ben Twohig accompanying him with an eye-catching 18.
But Twohig pushed Harmer to Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg before Dillon Pennington was bowled next ball to confirm Worcestershire’s demotion and hand Essex a maximum 24 points, to continue their hopes of finishing second.