Simon Harmer excellent 10 catapults Essex to victory over Durham, closing first innings hole of 163

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Simon Harmer excellent 10 catapults Essex to victory over Durham after closing first innings deficit of 163… signaling champions’ intent

  • Essex overcame a tough first innings to beat Durham at Chelmsford on Sunday
  • Simon Harmer claimed 5 wickets to make it 10 for the match for a 44-run win
  • Essex had been bowled-out for 96 earlier than Durham misplaced their final seven wickets for 40 

Essex gave discover of their intention to efficiently defend their County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy titles once they pulled off a surprising victory over Durham.

Simon Harmer claimed a five-wicket haul to finish 10 within the match as Essex overcame a primary innings deficit of 163 to bowl Durham out for 123 and full a 44-run win. It preserves the champions 13-match lengthy unbeaten red-ball document at Chelmsford.

Durham made a lot of the working for the primary three days after bowling Essex out for 96 however crumbled within the face of Harmer’s off-spin, dropping their final seven wickets for 40.

Simon Harmer took five wickets to help Essex storm back to a 44-run victory over Durham

Simon Harmer took 5 wickets to assist Essex storm again to a 44-run victory over Durham 

‘We don’t usually discover ourselves with our backs to the wall,’ stated Harmer. ‘This reveals the character within the staff and Essex have what cash can’t purchase. We discover methods to win.’

James Bracey added an unbeaten 83 to his first innings century as Gloucestershire defeated Somerset to comply with their opening win over Surrey. It’s the first time they’ve gained their opening two Championship video games since 1931.

Bracey, a high order batsman and keeper, is seen by England as a possible Check opener or No3 and is placing stress on Rory Burns forward of the primary Check towards New Zealand on June 2.

Durham had bowled Essex out for 96 before falling apart, losing seven wickets for just 40

Durham had bowled Essex out for 96 earlier than falling aside, dropping seven wickets for simply 40 

And he might be joined within the first England staff of the summer season by one other newcomer in Ollie Robinson, who produced an excellent all-round show in Sussex’s eight-wicket win over Glamorgan.

Robinson, a Glenn McGrath kind bowler with top and bounce, took 9 for 78 as Glamorgan had been dismissed for 349 so as to add to his 4 first innings wickets and 67 within the Sussex first innings. Aaron Thomason then made an unbeaten 78 as Sussex cruised house.

Tim Bresnan made an unbeaten 68 as Warwickshire chased a frightening goal of 333 to edge out Notts by three wickets in a nail-biting end at Trent Bridge.

Mohammad Abbas took 9 wickets within the match as Hampshire thrashed Middlesex by 249 runs to win their opening two video games for the primary time since 2004.