George Dobell at Warwickshire (15-2) v Essex
It doesn’t take long to see why Jamie Porter is the top wicket-taker in the division this season. Having taken the ball in to Trott and Hain, he has taken it away from Bell. He has already drawn an edge from Sibley (on two) – Harmer, at second slip, put down the chance (if the chance comes back to haunt Essex, he may be known as self-Harmer) – while there was a very strong leg before shout immediately afterwards. Tim Ambrose is out with a neck injury, so Alex Mellor has another chance behind the stumps.
George Dobell at Warwickshire (13-2) v Essex
There are contrasting prospects for the immediate future of these two sides. Over the next few days Essex could be confirmed as County Champions for the first time since 1992, while Warwickshire could well be sentenced to a first season in Division Two since 2008. Things have gone pretty much to form so far: Jamie Porter has taken two wickets in his first nine balls. Sam Hain, promoted to open, and Jonathan Trott, the second-highest scorer in the division this year, have both fallen in similar fashion: falling over to full, straight deliveries. Ian Bell has played and missed at a couple already. Henry Brooks, an 18-year-old seamer, makes his first-class debut for Warwickshire while Neil Wagner is back for Essex in an attack that includes Sam Cook – who made his Championship debut last week. It’s a fresh pitch. Chris Woakes may find himself batting on it soon.