- Live Update
George Dobell at Leicestershire v Essex.
Good morning from Leicester, where the sky is blue, the pitch is green and entry is free to U16s. Unsurprisingly given the look of the pitch the toss was uncontested.
We’ve had a dramatic start. Paul Horton and Neil Dexter have departed in successive balls, both trapped in front, to Jamie Porter. The delivery to Dexter, swinging in a fraction, looked plumb, while Horton may reflect that he played across one a little and was struck on the back pad. Perhaps it nipped back a bit. Mark Cosgrove was also struck on the pads by the hat-trick ball, but it pitched outside leg and ran away for four leg-byes.
There’s a familiar left-hander opening the batting for Essex in this match. Alastair Cook, keen to help his club secure promotion, has returned in this first v second game, with Leicestershire currently trailing by 23 points. Only one team goes up this year.
Leicestershire, meanwhile, have brought in Richard Jones, Lewis Hill and Dieter Klein for the departing Niall O’Brien, the injured Clint McKay and the spinner Rob Sayer. They have also announced that they are releasing the left-arm all-rounder Rob Taylor, a Scotland international, and Atif Sheikh, who looked like a left-arm fast bowler of rare potential but hasn’t kicked on.