Wagner hits right note for Essex at Somerset
PUBLISHED: 19:28 15 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:28 15 April 2017
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Newcomer's six-wicket haul sets up victory chance
Essex’s Neil Wagner was pleased to make his mark with the ball on day two of their Specsavers County Championship Division One meeting with Somerset.
New Zealand Test bowler Wagner took six wickets to help dismiss the home side for 174 in their second innings at Taunton, as a total of 18 fell on the day, leaving Essex to chase 255 for victory.
But they will have to do better with their bat than in their first innings, which mustered just 129 after a collapse during the morning session.
Wagner said; “It was a tough day out there. We didn’t make a great start with the bat and I thought they bowled pretty will.
“We knew we were going to have to be aggressive with the ball and we got our reward for some hard work.
“I have been struggling a bit for rhythm but I’ve been looking at ways of making an impact and creating pressure.
“It’s not easy bowling that line, but the wicket was okay to bowl on and I did my best. Full credit to the lads for taking their catches too.
“We are going to have to bat well tomorrow to have any chance of winning the game.”
Somerset were grateful to a half-century stand for their last wicket, with batting coach Chris Rogers adding: “I think a lot of the batsmen will feel they have left a lot of runs out there. Maybe we haven’t been tested enough in the pre-season.
“However, I do think this wicket is playing tricks. It is two-paced and it has become a bit of a lottery. But still, we could have tried to have seen Wagner off and we will need to address that.
“However, we will learn from this and we will get better as we go on.
“I think the last pair valued their wicket and that was good for us. They showed exactly what they can do and that will be a big lesson for the other guys.”