Hampshire v Essex: More frustration for McGrath

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 April 2018

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex head coach Anthony McGrath was left frustrated once again as weather cut short day two of their County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The home side moved their score along to 154-2 as Jimmy Adams scored a half-century, with Peter Siddle and Simon Harmer taking the only wickets to fall.

But having seen their first match of the season at Yorkshire washed out without a single ball being bowled, it was a case of more disappointment for the defending champions.

McGrath said: “It typifies our start to the season, another day lost.

“There isn’t much they can do, they have had the floodlights on but it has never got any lighter.

“It is like groundhog day sitting in the dressing room watching the forecasts. Hopefully this is the last game and we will have a beautiful summer after this.

“I think the wicket did enough. I was pretty happy with the way we bowled but you have to give them some credit.

“We have controlled the run rate and bowled some really good balls. On another day we might have had a few more wickets.

“We can’t look too far ahead but as the game stands we have the remaining overs to get the nine wickets if we can and then when we bat, we have to get as many points as we can.”

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