Lancashire v Essex: Cook pleased with first-day effort
PUBLISHED: 19:24 09 June 2018
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Essex seamer Sam Cook was generally pleased with his side’s efforts on the first day of their County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
The defending champions reduced the hosts to 59-5, before Jordan Clark and Shivnarine Chanderpaul led a recovery with a century stand.
And Lancashire reached the close on 297-9 after some late fireworks from Graham Onions, but Cook said: “We’re pleased with the way we bowled. I thought Jamie Porter bowled superbly in the first session, and we might even have had a couple more wickets.
“Batting became easier once the ball got softer, and they probably ended up with a few more runs than we’d have liked. It looks a good wicket.
“I’m satisfied with my own form. I felt I bowled well in the Royal London Cup, and I’ve been able to transfer it over to here.”
Cook (3-65) finished as the pick of the Essex attack, as Simon Harmer (2-32), Jamie Porter (2-67) and Neil Wagner (2-91) all nabbed braces.
Clark (79) and Chanderpaul (58) hit half-centuries for the home side and Clark said: “At 50-odd for five, to be just short of 300 nine down is a good recovery. If we can try and grind out 30 or 40 more runs in the morning before we have a go at Essex, I think it would put us in a decent position.
“The pitch was doing a bit more this morning than it was when I came in. It was just about getting myself in the right frame of mind and working out the best tactics.
“It helped with the way I play, being positive. It was quite hard to go into survival mode (with five wickets down) because, at the end of the day, you are there to score runs. You have to back yourself. Me being positive was the best tactic.
“Shiv’s good fun to bat with. He doesn’t offer a lot. But he’s quite focused, which helps me.
“I think it is a good pitch to bat on, especially when you see off the new ball. “There were a few balls that did quite a bit, so there could be a few demons in it later on - day three, day four. That emphasises the importance of spending time at the crease now.”