Search

Cricket: Essex clash with Yorkshire 'pretty even' says McGrath

PUBLISHED: 07:22 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 07:22 08 July 2019

Simon Harmer of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Matt Fisher during Essex CCC vs Yorkshire CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 7th July 2019

Simon Harmer of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Matt Fisher during Essex CCC vs Yorkshire CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 7th July 2019

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath felt the first day of their County Championship match with Yorkshire was 'pretty even' at Chelmsford.

Matthew Fisher of Yorkshire takes a fine catch off of his own bowling to dimiss Nick Browne during Essex CCC vs Yorkshire CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 7th July 2019Matthew Fisher of Yorkshire takes a fine catch off of his own bowling to dimiss Nick Browne during Essex CCC vs Yorkshire CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 7th July 2019

Simon Harmer took 5-76 as the visitors were dismissed for 208, with Essex reaching the close on 122-3 in reply.

And McGrath said: "It's typical of Chelmsford: low scores but the game's going forward. I don't think it will be a draw which we pretty much expected before the start. I'd say it's pretty even at the moment and whoever gets the most runs could be key.

"We normally concede at around 2.7 but we were more at four, so we're a little disappointed with that. But the guys are only human; they've been super-human again this year and they're allowed to have bad sessions.

You may also want to watch:

"With the short boundary here, when you do err off line you've going to get punished. But to get five wickets by lunch, having not bowled very well, is good. And as we know 200 here in the first innings is a pretty good score. How well we bat I guess will be adjudged how well Yorkshire batted.

"We would probably have batted, but for Simon [Harmer] to get five wickets, it was another superb effort. He's over 50 wickets now. Probably a few more runs than normal, but it's a short boundary [over the Pavilion side]. He keeps putting his hand up and producing for the team."

Jamie Porter and Peter Siddle nabbed braces, before Tom Westley - having extended his contract with the 2017 champions - played the lead role in Essex's reply, finishing unbeaten on 52 alongside youngster Rishi Patel, who came into the side in place of Ravi Bopara.

McGrath added: "Tom was never going anywhere, but it's good to have him signed up [on a long-term contract].

"We've managed to find someone who's got runs every game, and hopefully Tom can go on and we can get a healthy first-innings lead.

"Ravi has got a bug and isn't very well. He was up all night, but hopefully he'll be okay. We told him not to come in so he's not spreading it to all of us. Hopefully he'll be all right for Warwickshire next week."

Latest East London Sports News

16:00

Ross Embleton admitted to feeling emotional after leading Leyton Orient to a 3-1 win over Walsall at the weekend.

13:00

East London's women had to battle for their 1-0 win over St Albans seconds.

09:00

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson netted his first goal for the club in their 3-1 win over Walsall much to his delight, writes Jacob Ranson.

Yesterday, 10:36

Ross Embleton defended striker Conor Wilkinson following his red card in their win over Walsall on Saturday.

Yesterday, 10:00

London Lions won their second British Basketball All-Stars Championship in three years, beating Braun Sheffield Sharks 39-33 in the final at the Copper Box Arena.

Yesterday, 08:24

Tower Hamlets sealed a victory, Sporting Bengal United suffered a narrow defeat, while Clapton and Woodford Town had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

West Ham scored three on their way past a resilient Brighton side trying to find their way in the league this season.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

England have sought to overcome any loss of momentum caused by the cancellation of their World Cup group decider by engaging in a full-blooded training session on the day they would have been facing France.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists