Lunch: Early wickets for Essex against Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 13:45 07 April 2017
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Porter and Beard strike with ball at Chelmsford
Essex had some early success with the ball against Lancashire on the first morning of the Specsavers County Championship season.
Jamie Porter struck in his second over to dismiss Alex Davies, after Lancashire won the toss and chose to bat, while Aaron Beard claimed the scalp of Liam Livingstone.
But England youngster Haseeb Hameed anchored the Lancashire innings with an unbeaten 47 and put on an unbroken third-wicket stand of 64 in 16 overs with his captain, Steven Croft, to take the score to 114 for two at lunch.
Hameed show no discomfort from the hand injury that caused him to retire while batting against Cambridge MCCU earlier in the week and his was an understated innings of quiet competence in the face of some lively bowling from the Essex seamers.
Porter had relinquished his usual Hayes Close End to debutant Neil Wagner, but gained consolation for having to bowl uphill by taking the wicket of Davies as the ball reared up on the batsman and he fenced straight to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater.
Wagner had a fiery duel with former team-mate Livingstone, responding to being hit to the boundary by banging one in short.
Livingstone answered back in the same over by guiding the ball wide of the slips for one of six fours in his 28.
Hameed nudged Beard for a single just behind square on the onside to bring up 50 in the 13th over, but with no addition to the score, Livingstone’s lively 34-ball innings ended after a magnificent piece of team-work in the slips as Tom Westley parried the ball up at second slip for Varun Chopra to complete the catch and give Beard his first wicket of the season.
Croft announced his entrance by rocking on to the back foot and hooking Porter for four and Hameed drove the same bowler crisply through the covers for the sixth boundary of his innings as Lancashire brought up three figures late in the session.