Alan Gardner at Essex v Glamorgan 265-8Conversation in the ECG press box this morning initially centred on the WiFi. Half of us were connected, half of us were not. The time-honoured solution of turning the power off and on again merely let the other half connect at the expense of the rest. Assistance was called for and the IT guy wandered over - thankfully without any anecdotes on go-karting and Bruce Lee - only to suggest the same remedy.
"Don't worry," chuckled Nigel Fuller, one of the doyens of the Essex press box, "my biro still works."
Eventually everyone got online, the better to check Twitter and read the blog while Essex mosey off in pursuit of four more points for the Division Two title. In fact, they might only need three, given Sussex's struggles at Hove - they are seven down, some way short of one batting point, let alone five. Jamie Porter finally separated the Welsh resistance in the third over of the morning, repositioning Owen Morgan's middle stump by a few yards, and they need one more for a third bowling point.
Sadly, it doesn't look as if Graham Napier will be playing any further part, after he tweaked his calf yesterday afternoon. A steward informed me he was at the ground earlier but there was no sign of him during the warm-ups. As he said after play on Monday, "it is a little bit ironic that I have injuries throughout my career and I get one in my last game".
Not that Essex should need him, assuming Kiran Carlson's maiden hundred doesn't swell to fairytale proportions. Essex are confident there are gallons of runs in this surface and will be hoping the top order can give Napier plenty of time with his feet up.