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  • His performances last year were impressive but with the Division Two caveat. If he matches them this year, he'll be right in the conversation.
  • Lawrence may be young but he is no younger than Hameed and was one of the 2 leading batsmen, alongside Burnham, in an England U19 squad that Hameed wasn't even picked for.
  • Essex 159 & 162-2 trail Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec by 315 runs
    Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence shared an obdurate century stand, both scoring unbeaten half-centuries, as Essex dug in to save the game against Lancashire at Chelmsford.
      Essex, though, still need to bat through another 64 overs to prevent Lancashire opening the season with their first win in 12 Specsavers County Championship matches.
      The pair had put on 110 for the third wicket at lunch on the final day after Essex lost two quick wickets the previous evening as they chased a notional target of 478 to win.
      Lancashire were made to rue two opportunities to remove Westley yesterday when he had 10 and 11.
      Lawrence, having given Westley a 20-ball start, was first to fifty. A gentle push off Stephen Parry, eluding Jimmy Anderson’s dive in the covers, brought the single that took him to his half-century off 125 balls with seven fours, five of them in the morning session.
      Westley followed shortly afterwards when he crashed Jordan Clark through the covers for his fifth four of an innings that had spanned 163 balls. It also brought up the century partnership in 48 overs.
      Anderson had been so parsimonious to start with that his first six overs went for just two runs. It was perhaps not surprising that he was so frustrated when Lawrence pulled him through midwicket for four that he kicked out at the ground. His initial eight-over spell, before taking himself off, cost just nine runs with five maidens.
      Essex’s 100 had come up in the 46th over, courtesy of another Lawrence boundary through the covers off Kyle Jarvis. There was no appreciable acceleration thereafter as Essex stuck rigidly to a run-rate hovering around 2.1 an over.
  • Coming up on Friday

    Paul Edwards at Durham v Notts
    Vithushan Ehantharajah at Sussex v Kent
    Tim Wigmore at Surrey v Lancashire
    David Hopps at Somerset v Essex
    George Dobell at Warwickshire v Yorkshire
  • Alan Gardner at Essex 159 & 162-2 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec
    Two sessions down, two to go for Essex. Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence have batted through the morning, vastly improving their side's chances of smuggling a draw out of Chelmsford in this, the final first-round match still being played. The change to the toss rule might have generally improved the lot for batsmen (as well as spinners) last season but, with five results from six (so far) over the last four days, it has not caused a total imbalance in the game.
    That said, the surface here does seem to have gone to sleep. James Anderson delivered a tidy spell but could not discomfort either batsman, while Stephen Parry and - for one over of legspin before lunch - Liam Livingstone have had little assistance from the track. The closest we've had to a chance was Jordan Clark's lbw appeal against Westley when he had 39, though it looked a touch high and leg side from behind the bowler's arm. The image of Clark appealing on his knees, as well as that of Anderson kicking the turf after being swatted for four by Lawrence, summed up the session for Lancashire.
    Lawrence overtook his partner to be first to a half-century but Westley followed soon after and their unbroken stand of 110 has thrown a log or two in the path of Lancashire's route to victory. Looks like the second new ball, due in ten overs, could be key.
  • Breaking news: My fantasy side pulls ahead by 10pts thanks to Tom Westley in the top of the table clash!
  • Re Hameed's conversion rate - think it's fine. Way he bats he will face two new balls before he's got to 100 and there really wasn't that much support from anyone else at Lancs last year. And he is only 20 still...
  • If the ECB agree to Notts request to let Broad play, the next round of championship fixtures could see Broad, Pattinson and Ball v Onions, Rushworth and Wood at Chester-le-Street. I'm not sure the Second Division will have ever seen such a high quality match up.
  • LUNCH: Essex 162/2 (70 ov, target: 478) v Lancashire
    DW Lawrence 55* (138)   T Westley 55* (170)
  • Surrey captain Gareth Batty said: “Full credit to Trotty, who is still one of the best players in the country, but it was a very good lesson for our bowlers to see how someone that good goes about his business. Yes, we’re absolutely delighted with this win, and both Mark Footitt and Mark Stoneman will deservedly get the plaudits for their first innings performances, but we can get better and this is just one win. We are already looking forward to our next match, against Lancashire, and we will want to improve again on this. There are some seriously good teams in this division and, in my view, we have now got the best domestic first-class cricket in the world. The cricket I have seen played in the last two or three years has been the best of my time in the game.
    “The fact that we were able to leave out two England players is a big statement, but we are continuing to build the group and, these days, it is more of a squad game. It could be me sitting out the next game, and we will definitely be leaving out more England-class players in future matches because people will need resting and we will always pick the right team for the surface. But we are not an 11-man team – it is all about the squad.
    “We had an excellent pre-season and we were determined to jump out of the gates and start well. So it’s pleasing, and the whole squad – and management – have contributed to this. But, to be honest, we should have scored 600 after the start we got on the first day and – taking nothing away from Jonathan Trott’s magnificent innings – we should have finished off the match inside three days. So, there are things to work on.”
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: T Westley 51* (163)
    Essex 153/2 (68.1 ov, target: 478) v Lancashire
  • Lawrence is a bit young, all in due time. Although speaking of young talented players, anyone else a little concerned about Hameed's conversion rate?
  • @StaggerBreaths - You won't find a shortage of people here willing to put a shoulder to the wheel. Although there might be a few defectors to Lawrence's sooner rather than later.
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: DW Lawrence 50* (125)
    Essex 146/2 (65.2 ov, target: 478) v Lancashire
  • Time to restart the #WestleyforEngland bandwagon rolling?
  • A glocal celebration of the game

    Alan Gardner: This year's Wisden Cricketer's Almanack casts its eye around England and the world, and acknowledges cricket's role in society at large
  • George Dobell's verdict will be along later. Please come back and read it and support our county coverage. In the meantime, here are a few agency details
    Surrey beat Warwickshire by an innings and 1 run
    Jonathan Trott’s heroic resistance finally came to an end on 151 as Surrey wrapped up an opening Specsavers County Championship Division One victory against Warwickshire inside 13 overs on day four at the Kia Oval.
    Chris Wright was bowled by Tom Curran for a duck after 55 minutes’ play to clinch an innings and one-run win for Surrey that launches their 2017 championship campaign in fine style and underlines their title aspirations. Curran ended with 4 for 88.
    Surrey take 23 points from the win and, despite Trott’s rearguard action,  the result had never been in doubt once Mark Footitt had taken six wickets in 32 balls on the second day as Warwickshire were blown away for 91 in their first innings.
    But Trott’s 41st first-class hundred, and battling third day support from the likes of Ian Bell and Keith Barker, held Surrey up and took the match into its final day.
    It was perhaps fitting that Footitt ended Trott’s epic knock, in the eighth over of the morning, with the former England batsman aiming a deliberate upper-cut at a short ball from the left-arm paceman and watching aghast as it ballooned into Dominic Sibley’s hands at third man.
    Trott had batted for six hours and 44 minutes, facing 291 balls and hitting 19 fours, with his final boundary taking him to the 19th 150 of his prolific career.
    Jeetan Patel had already gone by the time Trott fell, leg-before to Tom Curran from the last ball of the day’s fifth over. Patel had taken three fours from Footitt, including a sparkling extra cover drive, to move from his overnight 11 to 29 but had narrowly survived another lbw shout from the probing Curran earlier in the same over.
    Curran finished off the Warwickshire second innings by wrecking Wright’s stumps to prevent Surrey from having to bat again. Footitt’s 2 for 104 gave him match figures of 8 for 118.
    Warwickshire take just a single point from what has been a sobering opening game of the season for them.
  • @NemoUKS I'm sure some teams will be crucified for their selection on Friday but I image they will be able to resurrect their hopes by the end of the weekend
  • Is that Peter Crouch in a fake beard batting for Kent?
  • That's a great idea, Nemo.
  • @Beth Watson Excellent idea. Why not go the whole hog and have the whole four days off, now I think about it?
  • @NemoUKS Could call it 'Good Friday' because of the good amount of cricket?
  • @MattWarwick ironically appropriate for the ECB to schedule that just as they plan to gradually dismantle the 18 county model
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