Hampshire 115 & 40-3 trail Essex 360 by 205 runs
Jamie Porter posted career-best first-class bowling figures as Hampshire were forced to follow-on 245 runs behind at Chelmsford.
Porter added two more first-innings wickets this morning in Hampshire’s 115 to finish with five for 24, beating his previous best of five for 46 taken against Northamptonshire last year.
And when Hampshire went in again, Porter had a third scalp of the day at a personal cost of seven runs as Essex closed in on a second Specsavers County Championship win of the season. At lunch Hampshire were 205 runs short of making Essex bat again with seven wickets left.
Porter had broken the stubborn eighth-wicket partnership between Lewis McManus and Kyle Abbott with his ninth ball of the day. The South African had just pulled Matt Quinn for six over midwicket when Porter got one to swing in and catch the edge of Abbott’s forward prod for Alastair Cook to take the catch at first slip.
The pair had put on 75 in 20 overs to lift Hampshire from the doldrums of 34 for seven and into three-figures.
In his next over, Porter caught McManus in two minds by a ball that slanted past his indeterminate movement to take off-stump out of the ground. McManus had held up an end while facing 74 balls for 39.
Fidel Edwards did not hang about for long, though he was almost reprieved when Tom Westley only completed the catch at the second attempt at second slip to give Neil Wagner a wicket.
No sooner had Hampshire begun their follow-on than Porter had his third wicket of the morning at a personal cost of just seven runs. Liam Dawson shuffled across his stumps and was trapped lbw by one that angled in.
James Vince, who was announced this morning as captain of England Lions in their three-match series against South Africa A later this month, tried to move things along and had reached 17 when he drove forcefully into the covers where Nick Browne took the catch low down.
Simon Harmer came on for his first over of the day, the final one before lunch, and ended Michael Carberry’s 20-over vigil for six with his first ball, pinning him lbw.